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Billie Eilish calls out people partying during the pandemic

‘I haven’t hugged my best friends in six months’

You might have noticed that there’s still a global pandemic going on. However, that hasn’t stopped people from partying in noted coronavirus hotspots (surprisingly or unsurprisingly, depending on your faith in humanity). In case you wondered, Billie Eilish isn’t a fan.

“Funny how I haven't hugged my best friends in six months,” says the singer, in a recent Instagram story, “and y’all are out here partying.”

“Funny,” she repeats, as the camera zooms in on her deadpan expression.

Given that Eilish is based in California, there’s a pretty good chance that her complaints are aimed at the influencers who have continued to throw massive parties despite the state advising against – and, in some cases outlawing – large gatherings.

Back in July, YouTubers such as Emma Chamberlain, Jake Paul, and James Charles, as well as members of TikTok’s Hype House and the D’Amelio sisters, came under fire for attending crowded parties in LA, where coronavirus cases were surging. 

More recently, it was announced that the TikTok star Bryce Hall faces criminal charges for hosting a string of so-called “pandemic parties” in the Hollywood Hills, while other influencers have been touring US universities to party in spite of COVID-19 restrictions.

While you wait to find out what partying will look like in a post-pandemic world – and for Billie Eilish’s new album to release – revisit her interview for Dazed’s spring/summer 2020 issue here.