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Billie Eilish Isn't Reading Your IG Comments Cos They're 'Ruining' Her Life

"It's way worse than it's ever been right now."

Billie Eilish is arguably one of the most famous people in the world right now. She continues to break records in the charts, she’s probably had to rent out extra storage space for all her awards and she’s got the support of her famous peers and millions of fans.

…But certain elements of her social media presence are reportedly “ruining her life.”

In a recent interview with BBC, Eilish was asked by presenter Louise Minchin if she “still reads everything on Instagram,” and the singer revealed her love-hate relationship with the comments section on social media.

“I stopped reading comments fully… because It was ruining my life,” she said. “Once again.”

Speaking about her recent Bond theme song, Eilish said, “It’s weird – the cooler the things you get to do are, the more people hate you.”

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“The problem is, a lot of it’s really funny,” she said. “I think that’s the issue – nobody really stops because it’s funny… It’s like, anything for a joke.”

“Say anything to make somebody laugh. I’ve experienced that – growing up, I’d say things that I thought people would laugh at, and then later I realised that wasn’t cool to say.”

During the interview, Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell chimed in, saying, “Largely, it’s a lack of accountability, I think even if it’s your own face and your profile picture and it’s your own name, everybody is much braver behind a cell phone screen than they would be if they walked down the street, you know?”

“I think you might see someone like a famous celebrity and you may think, ‘Sticks and stones, nothing I say is going to be potent to them… But it’s all very equal online.” 

When Minchin said “it doesn’t matter how big a star you are, how many Grammys you’ve got, it can still hurt,” Eilish said, “It’s way worse than it’s ever been right now.”

It’s good to hear Billie Eilish can recognise the effect Instagram comments are having on her mental health and she’s taking control of the situation by refraining from reading them but it shouldn’t ever get to that point. 

Billie Eilish’s comments are a healthy reminder that whether you’re meeting someone in person, or trawling their Instagram, to always treat people with kindness.

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Lizzo And Harry Styles Continue To Froth Each Other, And Same

Harry is Lizzo's "human Hershey's kiss."

There are some things in life that go together perfectly. Strawberries and cream, peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and in 2020, Lizzo and Harry Styles.

All our Christmas wishes came true last year when Harry Styles performed a cover of Lizzo’s banger ‘Juice’ on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. As if hearing one of our faves belting out another one of our faves wasn’t enough, Styles pretty much broke the Internet when he sung, “No, I’m not a snack at all. Look, baby, I’m the whole damn meal.”

Before his performance, Styles said, “[Lizzo] is exactly what you want an artist sto be…which is yourself.” Lizzo returned the love by retweeting a video of the performance with the caption, “melts.”

Earlier this month, the iconic duo paired up once again to perform ‘Juice’ at The Fillmore in Miami Beach and once again, fans were sent into an absolute tailspin after witnessing their undeniable on-stage chemistry.

The love fest continued just this week when Lizzo took her turn to perform at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and covered Harry Styles’ recent track ‘Adore You.’ 

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Not only did the singer flaunt her expert abilities on the flute, but she even gave Harry Styles his very own shoutout, changing an early lyric from “honey” to “Harry.”

It’s no surprise Lizzo and Harry Styles have the friendship of our dreams. Both of them are consistently topping the charts, continue to break down harmful gender stereotypes and unrealistic beauty expectations, and are living proof that self-love – and treating people with kindness – is incredibly important, especially in the world we live in today. 

What’s next for this iconic duo? Perhaps another chart-topping collab? On-stage performance? Supporting tour? Either way, Harry Styles and Lizzo’s combined fandoms are living for their wholesome friendship – it’s enough to make your day.

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Is Reality TV Healthy For Any Of Us?

The death of Caroline Flack is a wake up call.

Content warning: This article deals with suicide and may be triggering for some.

Over the weekend, former Love Island UK host and TV personality Caroline Flack was found dead in her London home. A lawyer for Flack’s family confirmed that the 40-year-old had taken her own life.

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At the end of last year, Flack was charged with assaulting her boyfriend Lewis Burton and as a result stood down from hosting season 6 of Love Island UK telling The Sun, “In order to not detract attention from the upcoming series I feel the best thing I can do is to stand down for series six.”

Following the assault charge, Caroline Flack’s boyfriend defended her on Instagram and slammed the “witch hunt” against her.

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Flack herself also took to Instagram telling her followers, “This kind of scrutiny and speculation is a lot to take on for one person…I’m a human being at the end of the day and I’m not going to be silenced when I have a story to tell and a life to keep going with.”

The death of Caroline Flack is incredibly heartbreaking, but sadly, it’s not the first suicide of a Love Island star. In 2019, former contestant Mike Thalassitis took his own life and it was a similar story for season 2 contestant Sophie Gradon who committed suicide in 2018. Twenty days after her death, Gradon’s boyfriend Wayne Linekar also took his life. 

The multiple deaths of people associated with the show has spurred much debate around what kinds of support services are offered to reality TV contestants, cast and crew. 

According to The Independent, ITV announced it had “revamped” its aftercare package last year. The channel announced it would be offering contestants “a minimum of eight therapy sessions following their appearance on the show.” Islanders also have access to a “psychological consultant throughout the series.”

“Due to the success of the show our Islanders can find themselves in the public eye following their appearance,” ITV Creative Director Richard Cowles said in a statement. “We really want to make sure they have given real consideration to this and what appearing on TV entails. Discussing all of this with us forms a big part of the casting process and, ultimately, their decision to take part.”

While a lot of the responsibility to provide adequate mental health support services falls on the production companies behind these reality TV shows, it also falls on the media, how they treat former contestants of reality TV shows, and even the audience who tunes in to watch. 

And speaking of the audience, what effect does an increase in reality TV shows have on us – the consumers? In 2012, Mike Fleiss – who is a creator and executive producer of reality TV show The Bachelor US – told the Today show that “70 to 80% of the shows on TV are (bull).”

“They’re loosely scripted. Things are planted. Things are salted into the environment so things seem more shocking,” he revealed. This ‘dramatised’ reality could be particularly harmful for younger viewers.

In an interview with Healthline, Nancy Molitor, PhD, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said, “There is this appeal to these shows that comes down to making people feel superior to others. You see contestants being laughed at, rejected, voted off, made fun of. And watching these shows makes kids feel superior as well.

“It’s reinforcing all kinds of negative behaviour that we don’t want to see in our kids, including relational aggression.”

Reality TV also shine a light on a hunger for overnight fame and success. “It dovetails with society and the emphasis on self,” Molitor told Healthline. “Heavy viewers of reality television tend to have the most Facebook friends and the biggest Instagram followings. They’ve grown up with promoting themselves and their friends.

“They think nothing of being on camera. To them, reality shows are a natural extension. It’s just part of their culture. They don’t see it as weird at all.”

That’s why it feels more important than ever to keep this conversation going, make the realities of reality TV common knowledge and take each show with a grain of salt. 

If you, or anyone you know is struggling with mental health issues contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue for support.

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