US election 2020: Billie Eilish urges young people to ‘vote like our lives and the world depend on it’ | Ents & Arts News

Billie Eilish has hit out at Donald Trump for “destroying” the US and urged her young fans to “vote like our lives and the world depend on it”.

The 18-year-old singer, who rose to worldwide fame with the release of her debut album last year, is a first-time voter in 2020.

Speaking during a recorded appearance at the virtual Democratic National Convention, Eilish encouraged others in her position to support Mr Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris.

Eilish will be voting for the first time in the 2020 US election

“You don’t need me to tell you things are a mess – Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about,” she said.

“We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and COVID – not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality.”

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Eilish said this starts “by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake, someone who is building a team that shares our values”.

She continued: “It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.

“Silence is not an option and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it – because they do.

“The only way to be certain of our future is to make it ourselves. Please register. Please vote.”

Eilish also performed her new single, My Future, for the first time in public at the event, accompanied by her brother Finneas O’Connell.

Afterwards, Mr Biden wrote on Twitter: “I’ll just say what @billieeilish said: vote like your life depends on it.”

Barack Obama also spoke at the convention, accusing his successor of using the presidency to help no one “but himself and his friends” in a recorded message.

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Eilish released her first album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, to critical acclaim, huge sales and number one spots around the world in 2019.

After celebrating her 18th birthday in December, just a few weeks later it was announced the singer would become the youngest artist ever to record a James Bond theme, following in the footsteps of the likes of Adele and Sam Smith.

At the beginning of 2020, she became the first teenager to win all four major categories – record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist – at the Grammys.

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Billie Eilish: Judge extends restraining order against man who repeatedly visited pop star’s home | Ents & Arts News

A judge has extended a restraining order taken out by Billie Eilish against a man who repeatedly visited her home in Los Angeles.

On one of the occasions, Prenell Rousseau sat on the porch and read a book.

Back in May, the 24-year-old from New York was banned from attempting to contact or coming within 100 yards (91m) of the 18-year-old pop star or her parents.

Superior Court Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, sitting in Los Angeles on Thursday, has now agreed to extend this for another three years.

Rousseau appeared at the home Eilish shares with her parents seven times on 4 and 5 May before being arrested for trespassing.

On the first occasion, he rang the doorbell and asked Eilish’s father via a surveillance camera if she lived there.

He was told he had the wrong house but he returned later the same evening, prompting the family to call their private security service.

In court documents, Eilish said: “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.

“My father repeatedly asked him to leave, but he refused.”

The family was scared of Rousseau, partly because he did not wear a face mask or gloves while repeatedly touching the doorbell and doorknob.

Eilish was not at the court hearing in person, but her lawyer had asked for a five-year restraining order.

The judge opted for three years on hearing that Rousseau had not attempted to visit Eilish since those two days in May.

The order, which also prohibits Rousseau from harassing Eilish’s family or coming near her workplaces, could still be extended at a later date if necessary, the judge added.

Rousseau was not at the hearing and he was not represented by a lawyer.

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George Floyd death: Billie Eilish and Pink criticise ‘All Lives Matter’ term and white privilege | Ents & Arts News

Billie Eilish and Pink have criticised the “All Lives Matter” term in response to the death of a black man who was pinned down by a white police officer in the US.

The stars also acknowledged white privilege while showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement in posts on social media.

It comes after the death of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week.

A police officer was filmed kneeling on George Floyd’s neck before he died. Pic: Shutterstock

Mr Floyd died after officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder, was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes while arresting him for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop.

In a post to her 63 million followers on Instagram, teenager Eilish said she had been thinking for a while about how to address the All Lives Matter movement “delicately” and to “be respectful”, but had to speak out now.

“If I hear one more white person say ‘All Lives Matter’ one more f****** time I’m gonna lose my f****** mind,” she said.

“No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard.”

She continued: “This is not about you. Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”

Eilish then compared the issue to an injury or an emergency situation.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: People hold placards as they join a spontaneous Black Lives Matter march through central London to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and in support of the demonstrations in North America on May 31, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. African-American George Floyd, 46, died in police custody after being arrested outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Footage of the arrest shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while he was pinned to the floor. The death has lead to protests across the US. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
Protests have spread from the US to London and New Zealand (below)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 01: Protestors march down Queen Street on June 01, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. The rally was organised in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

She wrote: “If your friend gets a cut on their arm are you gonna wait to give all your friends a bandaid first because all arms matter? NO you’re gonna help your friend because THEY are in PAIN because THEY are in need because THEY ARE BLEEDING!

“If someone’s house was on fire and someone is stuck in the house, are you gonna make the fire department go to every other house on the block first because all houses matter??? NO! Because they don’t f****** need it.

“You are privileged whether you like it or not. Society gives you privilege just for being white.”

Pink reposted Eilish’s remarks, and responded to one Instagram user who criticised the comments by saying: “You are the epitome of white privilege and the saddest part is that you don’t hear yourself and probably never will.”

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Both Eilish and Pink are among stars including John Boyega, Beyonce and Rihanna who have spoken out following Mr Floyd’s death, with Pink pointing her 7.9 million followers to ways to donate in his memory in a separate post on Instagram.

Celebrities including Ryan Reynolds, Chrissy Teigen, Harry Styles and Steve Carell have donated money to help pay for arrested protesters to be bailed as demonstrations continue across the US.

A music industry blackout has been announced for Tuesday in protest at Mr Floyd’s death.

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