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BILLIE EILISH AND HER VEGAN FAMILY APPEAR ON PLANT-BASED COOKING SHOW ON AMAZON

BILLIE EILISH AND HER VEGAN FAMILY APPEAR ON PLANT-BASED COOKING SHOW ON AMAZON

Vegan musician Billie Eilish and her vegan mother, Maggie Baird, recently appeared on plant-based cooking show New Day New Chef (NDNC) on Amazon Prime Video. The show’s special season focuses on the work of vegan nonprofit initiative Support + Feed, which was created by Baird to support local vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia while supplying food to children’s charities, homeless and domestic shelters, and family and senior centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the eight-episode series, host Jane Velez-Mitchell and Baird welcome chefs in California who are supplying food to the needy during the pandemic, including Mollie Engelhart of Sage Bistro, Ron Russell of SunCafe, Tara Punzone of Pura Vita, and Angela Means-Kaaya of Jackfruit Café. The show also includes appearances by Eilish and her musician brother Finneas.

New Day New Chef debuted on Amazon Prime Video in the United States and United Kingdom earlier this year with an aim to dispel the false notion that removing meat and dairy from one’s diet is a sacrifice.

“We are so grateful that NDNC not only wanted to feature the incredible chefs and restaurants in Support + Feed but also to let us share our mission—feeding nourishing plant-based meals to people in need, to spread awareness, and to ultimately help the planet,” Baird told VegNews.

Source/Credits: VegNEWS!

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Billie Eilish lashes out at genre-defining critics: ‘What part of me looks like pop?’

Billie Eilish lashes out at genre-defining critics: ‘What part of me looks like pop?’

BILLIE EILISH has dominated charts since her debut album arrived on store shelves and streaming services – but now the star has hit out at being put within specific labels over the years.

And while the young star has garnered numerous fans over the course of her career, her music brand has never truly be defined.

Over the course of her time in the spotlight people have dubbed her music genre anything from pop to alt-pop and pop-rock, ad nauseam.

In an interview with GQ earlier this year the star spoke about her genre, and how she wishes the status quo were different for artists of her caliber.

She first told the publication: “I hate when people say: ‘Oh, you look like ‘blank’. You sound like ‘blank”.”

She then went on to reference an announcement Tyler the Creator gave after winning a Grammy for Best Rap Album.

He told press: “I’m very grateful that what I made could just be acknowledged in a world like this.

“But, also, it sucks that whenever we – and I mean guys that look like me – do anything that’s genre-bending, they always put it in a ‘rap’ or ‘urban’ category.

“I don’t like that ‘urban’ word – it’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word, to me. Why can’t we just be in pop?”

Noting this comment, Eilish went on: “It was such a cool thing Tyler said. I agree with him about that term.

“Don’t judge an artist off the way someone looks or the way someone dresses. Wasn’t Lizzo in the Best R&B category that night? I mean, she’s more pop than I am.”

Getting candid on the subject, she added: “Look, if I wasn’t white I would probably be in ‘rap’.

“Why? They just judge from what you look like and what they know. I think that is weird. The world wants to put you into a box.

“I’ve had it my whole career. Just because I am a white teenage female I am pop. Where am I pop? What part of my music sounds like pop?”

While it is true her music doesn’t exactly scream “pop-music” she is always certainly going to be a tough artist to place.

Earlier in the interview she also touched upon her dress-sense, and how she has been a target for body-shaming.

She told the publication: “Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl.

“And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman.”

Going on to reference a video she produced for her tour, she said: “That tour video was about all that.

“It is me saying: Look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it. Isn’t that a shame?

“But my body is mine and yours is yours. Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to.”

Bille Eilish album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

Source/Credits: Express.

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Billie Eilish says her body image issues are the result of not feeling ‘desired’: ‘Sometimes I feel trapped by this persona I’ve created’

Billie Eilish says her body image issues are the result of not feeling ‘desired’: ‘Sometimes I feel trapped by this persona I’ve created’

Billie Eilish revealed in a new interview with British GQ that her body image issues stem from not feeling “desired” in past relationships.

Here’s a bomb for you: I have never felt desired. My past boyfriends never made me feel desired. None of them,” Eilish said. “And it’s a big thing in my life that I feel I have never been physically desired by somebody.

So I dress the way I dress as I don’t like to think of you guys — I mean anyone, everyone — judging [my body], or the size of it,” she continued. “But that doesn’t mean that I won’t wake up one day and decide to wear a tank top, which I have done before.”

According to the 18-year-old singer, she doesn’t mind when rare images of her body go viral (“Suddenly my boobs are trending on Twitter. Which is fine — that shit looks good“), but does feel “trapped” at times by her androgynous clothing style.

Sometimes I dress like a boy. Sometimes I dress like a swaggy girl. And sometimes I feel trapped by this persona that I have created, because sometimes I think people view me not as a woman,” Eilish said.

Eilish explained that a short film from her recent tour called “Not My Responsibility” — in which the singer removes layers of clothing while speaking about the public perception of her body — can be seen as a direct response to her battle with body image.

That tour video was about all that. It is me saying: look, there is a body underneath these clothes and you don’t get to see it,” the “Bad Guy” singer said. “Isn’t that a shame?”

But my body is mine and yours is yours,” she continued. “Our own bodies are kind of the only real things which are truly ours. I get to see it and get to show it when I want to.”

This isn’t the first time Eilish has opened up about her struggles with body image, and how being in the public eye affects her.

Earlier this year, Eilish revealed that she’d been troubled by her appearance as a child, since she started developing at an extremely young age.

“I just hated my body. I would have done anything to be in a different one,” Eilish said in an interview with Vogue.

“I really wanted to be a model, really bad, and I was chubby and short. I developed really early. I had boobs at 9. I got my period at 11. So my body was going faster than my brain.”

In 2019, Eilish opened up about her decision to wear androgynous clothing, explaining in a Calvin Klein ad, “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion, because they haven’t seen what’s underneath.”

And while the singer has mixed feelings about people who use her androgynous style as a way to shame their own daughters, she admitted previously that she wasn’t opposed to showing off her body as she grew older.

“I’m gonna be a woman. I wanna show my body,” Eilish told Elle in 2019. “What if I wanna make a video where I wanna look desirable?”

Source/Credits: INSIDER.

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Billie Eilish seeks restraining order against fan

Billie Eilish seeks restraining order against fan

Billie Eilish has been granted a temporary restraining order against a 24-year-old man who trespassed on her parents’ property multiple times.

A Los Angeles judge ordered Prenell Rousseau to stay 200 yards from Billie and her family members after Eilish filed papers for civil harassment protection on Monday.

As TMZ report, Rosseau turned up at Eilish’s residence a total of seven times last week. According to the report, he first appeared at the musicians house last Monday, ringing the doorbell and inquiring as to whether Eilish lived there. Billie’s father told him that she didn’t, but he returned to the house later in the evening where he exhibited “erratic behaviour”.

“While we waited for security, Mr. Rousseau remained on our porch, sat down and began to read a book, while also continuing to engage in a periodic monologue,” The court documents read .”My father repeatedly asked him to leave, but he refused…”

Rosseau was reportedly taken into custody twice that week, t law enforcement are “trying to keep non-violent offenders out of jail due to the spread of COVID-19.”

The next hearing is scheduled at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on 1 June.

Eilish is staying at her family home during the coronavirus lockdown, after being forced to cancel her arena tour in the early weeks of the pandemic.

SOURCE/CREDITS: Dontboreus

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Billie Eilish ‘loves’ J Hus and Not3s & reveals her favourite songs by them

Billie Eilish ‘loves’ J Hus and Not3s & reveals her favourite songs by them

Billie Eilish has spoken of her love for J Hus and Not3s, revealing that she was introduced to their music by her father.

The singer was speaking on her Apple Music show me & dad radio, where she updated her current playlist with J Hus’ ‘Did You See’ (which Eilish described as one of her “favourite songs”) and Not3s’ ‘Addison Lee (Peng Ting Called Madison)’.

“My dad has introduced me to some of my favourite songs ever,” Eilish said during the show. “I really wanted to show the world that a lot of my taste comes from stuff my dad has shown me over the years.

“I love J Hus,” she continued. “He was, like, the first of the UK rappers that I was introduced to, thanks to my dad.” The singer also expressed her admiration for J Hus’ producer JAE5.

Speaking about Not3s‘ ‘Addison Lee’, Billie said: “This was my first introduction to Not3s; Not3s with a three, the homie.

“Dad didn’t know what an Addison Lee was. Dad didn’t even realise it was a car. Dad said, ‘Peng ting, cold medicine, cold medicine.’ I love Not3s! He’s a sweetheart, too.”

Billie’s dad then added: “For those of you who don’t know, ‘peng ting’ is a hot number, a hot girl.”

SOURCE/CREDITS: NME.COM

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Billie Eilish says the only reason she began wearing baggy clothes was because ‘I hated my body’

Billie Eilish says the only reason she began wearing baggy clothes was because ‘I hated my body’

Billie Eilish revealed that physical insecurities led her to adopt her signature baggy wardrobe in a Dazed interview published on Thursday.

When asked about her decision to wear loose-fitting clothes from the beginning of her career, the 18-year-old explained, “The only reason I did it was ‘cos I hated my body.

Often referred to as a “rule-breaker” for diverging from the aesthetics of young female musicians before her, Eilish denied making a contrived effort to dress differently; rather, the singer said she simply didn’t identify with her predecessors’ images.

I’d be like, ‘What rules are there?‘” she said, continuing, “I didn’t consciously go, ‘I’m not gonna do that, I’m gonna do this.’ I (just) didn’t think of myself as being in the realm of those people. I was never comparing myself to them.”

An EP, an LP, a few singles, and five Grammy Awards later, Eilish’s fashion choices have remained consistent from the start — always baggy but varying from neon green streetwear to a custom Chanel tweed suit on the red carpet.

She’s become so used to the style that she admitted to barely recognizing herself without it.

There was a point last year where I was naked and I didn’t recognize my body ‘cos I hadn’t seen it in a while,” she said, continuing, “I would see it sometimes and be like, ‘Whose body is that?'”

The singer said that her body image has since improved, although she still faces insecurities.

It’s not that I like (my body) now, I just think I’m a bit more OK with it,” she shared.

Just because Eilish has become slightly more comfortable in her own skin, the artist admitted that she still faces judgment for her appearance, despite her efforts to stand up against those trying to sexually objectify her.

When she was photographed in a white tank top in June 2019, Eilish recalled seeing comments like, “‘I don’t like her any more because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a w—-.'”

“Like, dude. I can’t win. I can-not win,” she told Dazed.

However, Eilish hasn’t stayed silent on the matter. In March, the singer called out body-shamers during an interlude at her Miami concert and played a video of herself stripping down to a bra.

Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me,” she said in the voiceover.

“If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I’m a s—,” Eilish said, adding, “Though you’ve never seen my body, you still judge it, and judge me for it. Why?”

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SOURCE: Insider.

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Billie Eilish is interviewed for Telekom Electronic Beats.

Billie Eilish is interviewed for Telekom Electronic Beats.

Billie Eilish has reflected on her best career decisions so far and spoken about her desire to “live in the moment”, saying that she’s currently in “the prime time of my life”.

The ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ singer was speaking to Telekom Electronic Beats for a new podcast, which was recorded recently at her LA home via video chat during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

During the interview, Eilish said that sticking to her “own ideas and treatments” for her videos and artwork, as well as keeping her music-making in-house with her brother Finneas, were among her best career decisions to date.

I think maybe sticking to my own ideas and treatments for like videos, all my own ideas for like artwork,” she said. “I think another one is like making music with my brother, and not a bunch of randos. There’s nothing wrong with that: it’s just, for me, I don’t think it would have ended out good.

Eilish also cited a piece of advice she once received about how saying “no” is “like the most powerful thing you can say, like no means like a million times more than yes”.

“I think my brother and I really have used that over the years and realised that it’s like, you don’t have to say yes to everything. Even if it’s going to give you way more money, it’s like you’ve got to do what you think is going to help you, or you think is right for you.”

Eilish later said in the interview that she doesn’t “want to get my hopes up” by looking too far into the future, preferring to “just live in the moment and not worry about what the future holds”.

But not so much that I like ruin my life because of it,” she added. “I’m obviously always thinking about my actions and how they’re affecting the world and people, so I’m never going just be like, ‘Oh fuck it, I don’t care about my future.’ I really care about my future, I just don’t want to get stuck in thinking about it all the time, you know.

I do think about it way too much [so], I think I’m better off just staying in the moment and being in what I’m in. Because I’m in, like, the prime time of my life right now, you know, I don’t want to be missing out.

Later this month, Eilish will take part in a live-streamed concert that’s been organised by Lady Gaga in a bid to raise money for the UN Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

Source: NME

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Billie Eilish says she has a dark, horror-inspired aesthetic because she loves ‘being looked at’

Billie Eilish says she has a dark, horror-inspired aesthetic because she loves ‘being looked at’

You may have seen Billie Eilish cry inky black tears, or fall to the earth with tar-heavy wings. You may have seen her with syringes sticking out of her back, or a spider crawling out of her mouth.

The 18-year-old singer-songwriter has become known for these macabre aesthetics, especially in her music videos — and if they haunt or repulse you, that’s no accident.

I love bugging people out,” Eilish recently told the New York Times Magazine. “Freaking people out. I like being looked at. I like being in people’s heads. I feed off it.”

Eilish also said that dark visuals — as well as her songwriting, which deals with themes like death and dread — help her navigate her depression, which is one reason why fans connect so deeply with her music.

I want to be the voice of people,” she told the magazine.

Eilish has been open about living with depression, and has written songs that confront her own suicidal ideation.

She also has the neurological condition synesthesia, which causes one sensory experience to trigger another, so she approaches music more visually than the average person.

“I think visually first with everything I do, and also I have synesthesia, so everything that I make I’m already thinking of what color it is, and what texture it is, and what day of the week it is, and what number it is, and what shape,” she said in a video for YouTube Music.

For example, Eilish sees her song “Bury a Friend” as gray, black, and brown; “Xanny” is “smooth and silky, maybe velvet, like if you could feel smoke.” She told Rolling Stone that “Bad Guy” is “yellow, but also red, and the number seven. It’s not hot, but warm, like an oven. And it smells like cookies.”

Eilish has repeatedly cited Tyler, the Creator and Childish Gambino as visual inspirations throughout her career. She has also praised the gruesome aesthetics of “American Horror Story” — although she’s not all doom and gloom. She told CBS, “Nobody that knows me thinks I’m a dark person.”

Source: Insider.

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VOGUE: How Billie Eilish Is Reinventing Pop Stardom

VOGUE: How Billie Eilish Is Reinventing Pop Stardom

 

THE COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL, not necessarily known for its adorable moments, offered up the pop equivalent of two baby pandas playing when, under the pink arena lights and to the accompaniment of the cheering and frantic uploading of a thousand teenage witnesses, Billie Eilish met her idol, Justin Bieber, for the first time last April.

The scene, touching as it was, begged consideration of its broader culture significance. Here were two pop prodigies, ages 17 and 25, at rather different points in their career arcs. The walls of Eilish’s childhood bedroom were once papered with images of Bieber, and when he enfolded her oversize denim bootleg Louis Vuitton–logoed self in a long embrace, a chasm seemed to yawn underneath their adjacent but distinct generations. Eilish, whose full-length album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, debuted at number one a week before the festival began, is not the first young singer to make hit records out of dark sonic tableaux. But the totality of her effect on the pop landscape—from her whispered anti-anthems to her bloblike anti-fashion to the sense of it’s-really-me relatability she provides to her fans—has made her immediate predecessors seem almost passé.

“This whole time I’ve been getting this one sentence,” Eilish says, “like, I’m a rule-breaker. Or I’m anti-pop, or whatever. I’m flattered that people think that, but it’s like, where, though? What rule did I break? The rule about making classic pop music and dressing like a girly girl? I never said I’m not going to do that. I just didn’t do it.”

 

See full interview here.

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