Bessel van der Kolk, MD

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Posted Monday June, 21st 2021

Like Fashion, Emotional Stripping Is Now Common for Pop Stars like Billie Eilish, Demi Lovato


By Kristin J. Lieb

In Billie Eilish’s 2019 video for ‘Bury A Friend,’ the then-17-year-old singer blurs the lines between being in a nightmare and being committed to a psychiatric hospital.

“I want to end me,” she repeats six times before the song ends.

But somehow, that’s not what stuck with audiences, media outlets or industry decision-makers, who – until her British Vogue cover broke on May 2 – were more likely to talk about how groundbreaking she was for wearing baggy clothes than her repeated mentions of suicidal thoughts.

It’s a familiar story, whether it’s Amy Winehouse singing about...

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