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Weight Strapped to Her for Underwater Shoot for Album Cover



Nobody can drag Billie Eilish down… until you’re the load strapped to her through the picture shoot for her Hit Me Laborious and Delicate album cowl artwork.

The Grammy-winning singer revealed on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Present with Stephen Colbert that the picture for her third studio album, launched Could 17, was actually “very real” and never photoshopped.

“This was the day after this last Grammys, actually. I had gone to sleep at 7 a.m.,” Eilish recalled of the day she shot the paintings. “I woke up, I dyed my hair black — it was like bright red — I dyed it black that day. Then I went to this random place in Santa Clarita or some nonsense. There’s a tank in this giant place, and it was, like, 10 feet deep. And I popped my little ass in there, and I was in there for six hours.”

The “Lunch” singer famous that she was “fully clothed” whereas underwater, carrying “big long pants, giant shorts, a thermal long-sleeve, a button-up flannel, a tie, rings, arm warmers, bracelet and a weight. I had a weight strapped to me,” which was used to maintain her down within the water.

Host Stephen Colbert proceeded to ask simply whose thought this was to start with, quipping, “‘Guys, it could be so cool if I could almost die.’” But Eilish took full credit for the creative direction, adding, “Dude, I’ve accomplished it so many occasions — virtually died in these shoots. It’s like I have to endure.”

The Oscar winner continued, “You know what it really is? It’s not like, ‘What can I do that will be the most uncomfortable that I could possibly dream of?’ It’s more that I think about the visual before I think about how it’s gonna make me feel. So, it’s like okay, I want to be fully dressed, underwater, eyes open, upside down, and then I deal with how horrible it is.”

The “What Was I Made For?” artist additionally famous that she didn’t have a nostril plug throughout your complete shoot, so she was “basically waterboarding myself for six hours,” drawing laughter from the viewers.

“A lot of my inspirations for the visuals on this album were optical illusion-type things,” she concluded. “Things that just make you question it or think about it for longer.”

Hit Me Laborious and Delicate, which Eilish labored on together with her brother and longtime collaborator Finneas, options 10 tracks.

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