WTF Gen-Z News Alert: Billie Eilish Doesn’t Know Who Hilary Duff Is
Singer and style icon Billie Eilish revealed in an interview with Nardwaur on Sunday that she doesn’t know who early 2000s icon Hilary Duff is. Be still our Lizzie McGuire-loving hearts! During the interview, Nardwaur gifted Billie with several items of pop culture-related merch. When the “Ocean Eyes” singer received a Hilary Duff sleeping bag she asked, “So, ‘Who is Hilary Duff?’ is the real question.” She didn’t know who Lizzie McGuire was either!
I guess it’s kind of understandable why Billie might not know who Hilary Duff is. After all, the 17-year-old singer was less(!) than(!) a(!) month(!) old(!) when Hilary’s hit show Lizzie McGuire premiered on Disney Channel in 2001. Billie has also been open about the fact that she didn’t watch much TV when she was growing up. The singer has told reporters that she didn’t know that SpongeBob was a TV series and not just a movie when she was younger. Billie also told Ellen Degeneres in April that she thought the Spice Girls were a made-up band. We have to say, as far as pop culture icons go, at least Hilary Duff is in pretty good company. Billie is Gen-Z through-and-through and we’re basically ancient.
She also was only two when Freaky Friday came out, so she probably has no idea where that GIF came from, either, unless she watched it on HBO Go. For those who are close in age to Billie Eilish and also had restricted TV-access growing up, Hilary Duff was the star of the Disney Channel show Lizzie McGuire which ran from 2001 to 2004 and concluded in the epic The Lizzie McGuire Movie in which Lizzie goes to Rome, is mistaken for an Italian pop star, and generally lives out our collective dream of riding past the Colosseum on a Vespa. (If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s available for streaming on Amazon and YouTube right now!) Like Billie, Hilary Duff was also a teen pop sensation, and her debut album, Metamorphosis is now something of a cult favorite among millennials.
Though Billie might not be the best at the ’90s and early-2000s pop culture, she did manage to capture our binge-streaming energy when she sampled The Office for her song “My Strange Addiction” in her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. She also did The Office trivia with Rainn Wilson about a month ago for Billboard to pretty hilarious results. You can watch below: