Billie Eilish’s “I Love You” Meaning

The premise behind American singer Billie Eilish’s “I Love You” seems to be based on her boyfriend half-jokingly reciting those selfsame words to her. In his doing so, he has brought about unwanted ramifications, with Billie now gushing with emotions that she is not particularly keen on displaying.

This is because, self-admittedly, she is the type of person who prefers to keep her emotions concealed. However, hearing the words “I love you” come from her boyfriend’s lips have left her vulnerable because she feels the same way too, and now in one way or another that sentiment shows.

It is not told exactly how Billie responded to being told “I love you”. But one thing that is certain is that in the process, she made her boyfriend cry. And based on the song we can hypothesize a couple of possible, though contradicting, theories as to how she replied. One is that based on Billie’s standard of keeping her feelings concealed she possibly gave an inappropriate response. 

I Love You lyrics

In other words, she was not able to say ‘I love you’ back and probably even said something off-putting. Another less likely explanation is that she did express the same sentiment, and dude being the sensitive type started crying. But considering that she states he is not the crying type, the former theory is more-plausible.

Ultimately what can be definitively gleaned is that this guy took a big risk by saying these words to Billie and in the process opened up a floodgate of emotions. Eilish also states throughout the song that she loves him also. However, it is also likely that she does not possess the wherewithal to tell him these words outright.

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19 Responses

  1. rekt says:

    “the sensitive type” stfu a man can cry when in emotional pain

  2. Brooklyn says:

    I thought it was about xxxtentacion’s death

  3. Mma says:

    That is “maybe won’t you …” not baby

  4. Jessica says:

    Lol, when i can cry by just hearing this.

  5. Josie Authement says:

    Its about her friends death, not an ex boyfriend. She says at the end of the song that she loves them.

    She even said it at one of her shows, when he cried during the performance, that its dedicated to a friend who past away.

  6. noah says:

    this is actually about a friend passing away in 2018 if you see interviews about the song.

  7. DC says:

    I just want to say that I believe that this song is about a friend telling her that they love her. The lines, ” Tell ourselves a good lie ” And ” I wish we never learned to fly ” mean that they were good friends and now things will change because they love each other. This is my opinion.

  8. Lana Manaoat says:

    This song is literally what is happening to me right now. Thank you Billie for this song because it helps me with my feelings. I feel like I am safe when I listen to your songs. Thank you.

  9. Makayla says:

    her song 6.18.18 is about X’s death

  10. Kat says:

    I’m crying from reading these comments lol

  11. No nameee says:

    This is abt x’s death, she balled her eyes out at one of her own concerts on the one year anniversary of his death… painful 😕

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