The 18-year-old musician recently discussed religion on an episode of her Apple Music radio show “me & dad radio,” where she opened up about her previous and current views on the subject.
“I don’t know if any of you know — I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it. When I was little, when I was a little kid, I was super religious for no damn reason,” said the “Bad Guy” singer, per People magazine. “My family never was religious. I didn’t know anyone that was religious. And for some reason, as a little girl, I just was incredibly religious.”
Eilish said she was religious for years until things suddenly changed.
“And then at one point, I don’t know what happened. It just completely went away,” she revealed.
The change was so quick, in fact, that Eilish felt “almost anti-religious for no reason” until she learned from her experience.
“And I don’t know why that happened. I don’t know what made me that way. And then after that period of my life, I’ve loved the idea of other beliefs,” said the singer. “And I think people with closed minds, people like me from a couple years ago — I think that’s very pathetic to have a closed mind. It’s very lame. I love hearing people’s beliefs.”
Similarly, Eilish said she loves “talking about what people believe in,” as well as why they believe the things they do.
“… Especially if I don’t agree, because I like to listen and I like to understand,” she explained. “And I think it’s really important to be supportive of all beliefs in the world and all opinions and not shoot people down for what they believe in.”
Eilish’s father, Patrick O’Connell — the “dad” of “me & dad” — recalled watching his daughter develop her own beliefs.
“From my point of view, as a parent, we did not go to church and we didn’t really talk about religion at all. And wasn’t in our household very much. And you just … believed,” he remembered. “You had all these kind of organized thoughts about the whole thing. And I thought it was pretty marvelous. I didn’t object to it. I didn’t say you can’t believe that.”
Eilish noted that her family members “were really supportive,” and that now, she finds herself in a more “neutral” ground, religiously.
“I don’t, not believe and I don’t do believe. I’m in a very neutral position. I’m open to every belief pretty much,” the singer explained, saying she likes the “idea that there’s a God.”
She added: “So why not? How would I know? I’m not going to say I know I don’t, nobody knows.”