So, what's up... Wait, what's Billie Eilish's fan group called? Avocados? Weren't people furious at being called that because it's outdated? Well, because her Instagram handle was updated from @wherearetheavacados to what it is now. Someone suggested Eyelashes; just because; or Pirates; because, you know, it's also her middle name [Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell]. Regardless, she has yet to give a definitive option for her fans after that.
On a completely different matter, the last time we talked about Billie Eilish was way back in November when we knew so little about the teenage pop star. Related to her money of course. We don't have the word 'fortune' in our team-name for nothing.
First, an introduction to the O'Connell family home.
Photo: Google Maps
Anyway, many developments have occurred since then. She and her brother, Finneas O'Connell, blew up the Grammys with their record-breaking wins, releasing new songs, Eilish herself isn't yet moving out of her childhood home while her brother splashed out millions for a new home, and she also has yet to change her clothing style as she said she would. But we can understand, changing takes time.
Here's what we missed the last time we discussed her wealth, and all that's happened since then that boosted the increase of her net worth from $6 million to $8.5 million.
She Might Not Need to Move Out of Her Parents' Modest House; There's a Whole Recording Studio Set-Up by Her Brother
That house has a lot of memories for the brother-sister duo growing up. Being from musical family background, she's been in front of the pianos, guitars and such since she could barely walk. In fact, they have three pianos, and Finneas even converted his small bedroom into a whole recording studio. That's where the first hit songs from Eilish were created and where they continued to do so for a long while. They were homeschooled, by the way.
Watch: Brother Finneas O'Connell Takes You to the Recording Studio at His Family Home
The 1,208-square-foot, 2-bedroom family home sits in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1912, and the O'Connell family, mom Maggie Baird and dad Patrick O'Connell, bought it in 2001 for $240,000, according to property records. Now, it's said to be valued at around $763,400.
The parents started bringing in music to their lives when they saw how obsessed Finneas was with music as a child, and Billie soon followed. She was better than him at singing & performing concert-like shows in front of the cameras, and he was better than her at songwriting & just making the music in general. It all fell into place. But as her songs portray, she says she's not as dark as people who don't "know" portray her to be.
"Nobody that knows me thinks I'm a dark person. My God. I'm, like, always laughing at everything," she told Gayle King of CBS This Morning when they toured their modest home in December 2019. There are rare pictures of her smiling with those photo-distributing companies that watermark their name, but it's not like she's never smiled.
Watch: Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell Gives Gayle King a Tour of Their Family House
Meanwhile, Finneas Moved Out and into His $2.73 million Home in the Los Feliz Neighborhood
The Grammys was nearing and Billie Eilish was nominated for six of the top prizes this year — Album of the Year; Record of the Year and Song of the Year, for bad guy; Best New Artist; Best Pop Vocal and Best Pop Solo Performance (winning all except the last one). Meanwhile, Finneas O'Connell was nominated for five awards for his work in his sister's debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which he scooped it all, when he bought his new home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The record producer splashed out $2.73 million through a trust for the Spanish Colonial-style home, according to public records. The house actually hit the market just a few weeks before he bought it and even paid almost $250,000 more than the asking price to get the deal done.
Everything he asked for, and more.
The 95-year-old home sits on a 2,800-square-foot floor plan with three bedrooms and five bathrooms. It's complete with oak floors, stained glass windows, beamed ceilings, arched French doors and a sweeping magnesite staircase across two stories. It's enough for O'Connell and his girlfriend, Claudia Sulewski, to make their respective content, if she moves in. And if you believe the rumors, Eilish may move in herself. But the recording studio at her family home is left unchanged as their parents still sleep in the living room.
For Billie, Riding Her Dream Car Isn't Just a Fantasy
Like everyone, Billie also has her dream car. And very rarely do normal people own them, but she does. Of course, her fortune collection in her early years got her the chance to wrap it up as a present to herself. She owns a black-matte Dodge Challenger, posing in front of it occasionally by hiding the number plate so people don't swarm to her when they see her.
Dude, I love it so much. I’ve been obsessed with it since I was like 12.
However, the bad guy singer didn't wait to get her driving license first. The LA Times reported in April 2019 that she only had a learner's permit that allowed her to drive here and there. Of course, her constant need for her job to be focused on music, she couldn't find the time yet. But according to later reports, it seems, she did acquire the actual license. Besides, the Challenger is priced around $28,000 which is modest in comparison to the other cars, she's posed beside.
"Trying my hardest to cover the license plate."
Photo Source: BILLIE EILISH, Instagram
At one point, she uploaded a photo of her in front of a blue McLaren 720S, saying, "she opened up for me". It's priced somewhere around $300,000. At another point, she was sitting in the most expensive Koenigsegg car, 2016 Koenigsegg Agera One: 1 priced at $5 million, while noting its speed, 277.9 mph.
Considering her dream fulfilled, it's unlikely that she owns either of those. But it's still nice to see her enjoying the most out of her fame despite going into depression the first year of her fame.
She also did stand in front of a helicopter. Was it hers?
The Grammys Was a Blast for the Record-Breaking Siblings
Billie Eilish was already the record-setting youngest music artist to be nominated for all the four biggest awards of the Grammys in its history. But it wouldn't stop there. During the mid-January 2020 winner-coronation ceremony of the Grammys, both she and her brother took home five gramophones each.
And they said she doesn't smile that often.
Photo Credit: Rachel Luna, Getty Images
In fact, Eilish became the first artist yet to win all the general-field awards called the Big Four in the same time period — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist — since Christopher Cross did it in 1981. That made her the only female artist to do so. She also became the youngest singer since Lorde in 2013 to win the Song of the Year award. Her fifth award was for Best Pop Vocal. She lost out to Lizzo for Best Pop Solo Performance.
Meanwhile, Finneas was one of the youngest people to be nominated for Producer of the Year in the Non-Classical category and the youngest to win it at 22. With that, Song, Record & Album of the Year like his sister, he also received a Grammy for Best Engineered Album in the Non-Classical category.
Releasing the James Bond Theme Song While Her Tour Is Halted Amid the CoronaVirus Lockdown
Around the 2020 Grammys, it was officially announced that Eilish was to be the singer for the new James Bond film, No Time to Die. The siblings had already written and recorded the theme song of the25th installment of the 007 movies. Then, just before Valentine's Day, on February 13, 2020, the song was officially released under Darkroom/Interscope Records. She became the youngest singer to do so.
It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.
Meanwhile, her debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, went triple Platinum, according to the RIAA certifications, peaking #1 in all the countries that track the sales record. And she was also touring across the country for the Where Do We Go? World Tour since February/March 2019. It was her second tour, but she extended it to 2020, thus making it her third tour to date.
Eilish became the youngest oo7 theme song singer yet.
Photo: PR Handout
She planned on taking the tour to Canada right around today and then to Mexico in May, from the US on March 9. But after performing in three venues, she announced on March 13, 2020, via Instagram that "all dates of tour in March are postponed" due to the CoronaVirus pandemic worldwide lockdown. It looks like the April dates have also been postponed as the country is still in the highest effects of the viral disease. There were also plans for South America and Europe in June/July, but it remains to be seen if the dates will really be the same.
There's still some time before the tour really commences.
Photo Source: BILLIE EILISH, Instagram
At the same time, she is also urging her fans to stay indoors for their own safety during the lockdown. She, along with other singers like Mariah Carey, Elton John, have been giving their own little concerts on social media from her homes. Better listen, huh?
Tune in to Celeb$fortune for more celebrity Net Worth content as well as for upcoming Focus content.