Entertainment Billie Eilish: I used to sit in the car and cry over The Killers hit, Mr. Brightside
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Billie Eilish used to “sit in the car and cry” to The Killers track ‘Mr. Brightside’.
The 19-year-old singer has said she was obsessed with the hit 2003 track when she was younger, and she even connected with the song on an emotional level, even though nothing in her life was “at all” close to the situation described in the lyrics.
She said: "I mean, there was a lot of times when I would just sit in the car and cry to 'Mr. Brightside' even though nothing in my life, at all, was that situation."
Both Billie and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, are both fans of The Killers, and consider ‘Mr. Brightside’ to be an “important piece of music” to them.
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Speaking during an appearance at the 2021 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO event, Finneas added: “The Killers is a band that I think we both sort of view as a childhood favourite - especially Hot Fuss, the album, because 'Mr. Brightside' on it is just such an important piece of music to us.”
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And it’s not just The Killers that Billie used to be obsessed with, as her family recently revealed they almost took her to therapy over her love for Justin Bieber.
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Billie’s mother, Maggie Baird, said: "I just want to say, we did consider taking you to therapy for how incredibly...you were in so much pain over Justin Bieber.
"It was so intense, it caused you so much pain!"
Maggie even said the ‘Bad Guy’ hitmaker used to cry in the car to Justin’s track 'As Long As You Love Me', in the same way she did to ‘Mr. Brightside’.
She added in July: "Driving to the dance studio with Billie, playing this song, sobbing, and then driving back and sobbing...
"It was either Marina and the Diamonds or this, sobbing...Any Justin Bieber, but I just happen to remember this one really well, and the video, and Billie talking to me about it, and being excited that it was coming out and just crying and crying."
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