Billie Eilish noticed a fan in distress during a show and immediately took action. Instead of ignoring the issue and hoping it resolved itself, the 20-year-old singer stopped her performance and enlisted security to pass the struggling audience member an inhaler.
The viral video from the “Bad Guy” singer’s Atlanta performance has been making the rounds on social media. In it, Eilish is playing to a packed crowd at the State Farm Arena. During the set, the crowd closest to the stage started getting rowdy and one girl apparently got crushed in the mix, TMZ reported.
When Eilish saw the situation develop, she paused her set and took time to help remedy the problem from her perch on stage. While the struggling fan was being assisted, the singer also instructed the crowd to settle down a little.
“You need an inhaler?” she asked. Next she addressed her crew.
“Do we have an inhaler? Can we just grab one?”
“It’s OK, we got one,” Eilish told the fan, next instructing everyone to, “Give her some time. Don’t crowd.”
She added, “You need to come out or are you OK? Are you sure?” She then mouthed, “I love you.”
The singer also took a thinly veiled shot at rapper Travis Scott. “I wait for people to be okay before I keep going,” she said later in the show, which earned loud cheers from concertgoers.
Eilish was seemingly referring to the Astroworld tragedy, which resulted in the death of ten people and serious injuries to dozens more. It happened when a crowd of fans surged toward the stage during Scott’s performance at the “Astroworld” music festival, with fans squeezed together so tightly that they could neither breathe nor move their arms. Victims ranged from ages nine to 27.
Scott is now facing multiple lawsuits in conjunction with the tragedy. The 30-year-old rapper claims he had no idea anyone was in trouble, which is why he kept performing. But some critics point to previous comments Scott made which appeared to celebrate fans getting injured at his shows.
The Daily Wire previously reported that Scott has a habit of calling the unconscious or injured fans “heroes.” He also publicly celebrated people getting hurt at his shows.
“SHE BROKE HER HAND AND SHE DOESN’T GIVE A F***!!!” one caption of Scott’s posts read. “IT’S NOT A SHOW UNTIL SOMEONE PASS OUT,” another said.
Meanwhile, Eilish adores her fans so much she has trouble establishing clear boundaries.
“When it comes to fans, it’s complicated,” she told The Guardian. “I don’t even know where to start. I don’t really know how to keep a boundary. I’ve had such a good relationship with the fans since the beginning, and they have literally been the number one priority for me.”
She continued, talking about how she often thinks of fans like her best friends, but that can backfire.
“Half of me wants to tell the fans everything – every single thing I think and feel, and every person I meet, and every feeling I have – because I think of them as like my friends. But at the same time, I also really, really want to live privately. So it’s tough.”
Boundaries or not, Eilish is at least concerned with the safety of her fans during performances.
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