Billie Eilish has scrapped all remaining dates of her current tour, while urging fans not to be “stupid” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 18-year-old No Time To Die singer took to Twitter on Monday to follow up her decision to postpone some shows last week, revealing that all her remaining Where Do We Go? North American tour dates would be rescheduled.
She made a more personal announcement on her Instagram Story timeline, telling followers to pay attention to guidelines from officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Don’t panic, but don’t be stupid,” she wrote. “It (coronavirus) is a really big deal right now and it is not a joke. I know because a lot of us haven’t seen it with our eyes – what it’s been doing and who it’s been affecting – it’s hard to understand that it’s real.
But it really is real, and I’ve seen a lot of young people out in the world, all over the place, going to the club or going to the beach, just going out and hanging out. It’s really irresponsible.”
She went on to note that the trend for ‘social distancing’ is “everyone’s responsibility” because people should consider the older, weaker people around them.
She also suggested fans stay inside as much possible and resist the temptation to buy up basic goods and toiletries in bulk: “Don’t panic, there’s enough supplies for people – don’t hoard things.”
Eilish joins a long list of big music names, who have been forced to cancel dates and entire tours due to the COVID-19 crisis. These include Queen, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Madonna.
And she’s not the only A-list pop star urging followers to take health guidelines seriously – Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Bebe Rexha have also taken to social media to encourage fans to stay home and self isolate.