“I don’t want my friends to die any more”: Billie Eilish speaks out about the glamorisation of drugs

“I have never done drugs"

Billie Eilish has spoken out about the glamorisation of drug taking in a new interview.

Speaking to The Guardian, Eilish discussed the meaning behind her song ‘xanny’, taken from her newly released album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, out today (March 29).

Beginning by explaining that she herself had never done drugs, Eilish said: “I’ve never got high, I’ve never smoked anything in my life. I don’t give a fuck, I never have. It’s just not interesting to me. I have other shit to do.”

Moving onto the meaning behind ‘xanny’, named after Xanax, a drug glamourised in today’s pop culture and often referenced in rap music, Eilish said that the song’s message was “less ‘don’t do drugs’; it’s more ‘be safe’.”

A plea deep-rooted in her own experiences with loss, the singer added: “I don’t want my friends to die any more.”

One loss was that of friend XXXTentacion, the controversial rapper who was shot and killed in Florida in June 2018. He was 20 years old.

Speaking about his death and the criticism she’s been facing for grieving for him, due to his history of domestic abuse charges, Eilish said she wants “to be able to mourn” him and not be “shamed for it.”

She told the New York Times, “I don’t think I deserve getting hate for loving someone that passed.”

Meanwhile, Eilish today released a new video for ‘Bad Guy’, the second single from her debut album which was released earlier today.

Packed with bold imagery, the singer can be seen sporting a bloody nose and dancing wildly before things take a darker turn in the final verse of the song.