As coronavirus continues to take its toll across the world, people panic-buying toilet roll isn’t the only problem facing us in the coming weeks. Music festivals, public gatherings, and live gigs are all being put on the backburner, with the likes of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande all urging fans to self-isolate in their homes to prevent the spread of the virus.
Among those social distancing is Charli XCX, who posted her first quarantine diary entry on Twitter last night (March 15). “Being a workaholic in quarantine is quite stressful. Yes, I’m doing as much as I can at home – creating mood boards, planning out ideas for videos, thinking about lyric changes in new songs, re-recording vocals that could be better. But generally, even after one day – I’m feeling a bit purposeless,” she said.
The pop star reflected on the impact self-isolation will have on her mental health, saying: “Two weeks of quarantine will literally feel like FOREVER. I think it’s an important time to take care of yourself mentally – because I don’t know about you but stillness can really push me to the brink,” she said. “If I don’t have a million things going on, if my brain isn’t buzzing, this pit of doom starts opening up. I start thinking ‘why’, ‘what’s the point’, ‘I am so purposeless’.”
The “Boys” singer also questioned the ways the pandemic will affect the music industry. “Quarantine is also making me think about the possibilities of a shift within my industry. What will happen to live shows? Will the idea of gathering together at a concert or a club or a party become more and more distant? Will we all be living for live streams? Will live streams get competitive?” she said.
Charli concluded: “I don’t have answers and some of this isn’t even important but I’m writing this as a stream of consciousness because I’ve currently got nothing else to do.”