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Billie Eilish explains why she feels a sense of 'protectiveness' over Olivia Rodrigo

Niamh Shackleton

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Billie Eilish explains why she feels a sense of 'protectiveness' over Olivia Rodrigo

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If you needed another reason to love Billie Eilish, this is it.

The pop sensation is hard to hate - she's a body positivity advocate, she still flies economy despite having a networth of $30 million, and she's always got her fans' backs.

And she has her friend's backs, too - Olivia Rodrigo in particular.

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Billie quickly shot to fame at the age of 15 following the release of her moving track 'Ocean Eyes', while Olivia found fame on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series as Nini.

Her debut 2021 song 'Drivers License' then helped her get worldwide recognition.

And the world of fame is by no means easy, so it's understandable that stars like Olivia and Billie make alliances with one another.

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With this in mind, Billie, who is a year older than the former Disney Channel star, admitted she feels 'very protective' of 20-year-old Olivia.

Billie Eilish says she's 'protective' of Olivia Rodrgio. Credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Variety
Billie Eilish says she's 'protective' of Olivia Rodrgio. Credit: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Variety

Addressing the fact that they both shot to fame as teenagers, Billie told The Los Angeles times: "I think everybody’s experiences are so individual.

“Nobody has had anybody else’s life, you know? But I do feel a protectiveness over Olivia."

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In fact, Billie even admitted that her track 'Goldwing' is partly inspired by the 'Vampire' singer as she happened to be thinking about her when she was writing it.

Further discussing Olivia's rise to fame in both the music and acting industry, Billie labelled her as being like 'a dainty little child'.

"I felt so nervous," the 'Bad Guy' songstress said.

"I was worried about her. She came up in that acting world, and people are so weird. I don’t know - I just felt very protective over her. And I feel that way to everyone."

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Billie and Olivia pictured with fellow singer Towa Bird. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Interscope Records
Billie and Olivia pictured with fellow singer Towa Bird. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Interscope Records

She also spoke of 16-year-old Barbie star Ariana Greenblatt.

Ariana plays America Ferrera's on-screen daughter Sasha in the movie.

"She’s 16, and I literally want to cry about her sometimes," Billie said of the young actor.

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Her comments come after she expressed her opinion that young female stars get a harder time in the spotlight than their male counterparts - about body image in particular.

In an interview with Variety, Billie described being a woman as 'such a war': “Especially being a young woman in the public eye. It’s really unfair."

She went on: "Nobody ever says a thing about men’s bodies."

Billie puts this down to the fact that girls are nicer and more accepting of the way people look, compared to men who can be a bit more critical.

"[Girls] don’t give a f**k because we see people for who they are!" she said.

Amen, Billie.

Topics: Music, Celebrity, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo

Niamh Shackleton
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