20-year-old pop star Billie Eilish stopped her Atlanta gig this weekend to make sure that one of her fans got the inhaler they needed. The fan allegedly got caught in a pit close to the front of the stage and appeared to need medical assistance. Eilish stopped the gig to ask the fan and then the rest of the audience to get an inhaler.
As venue security convened on the spot to assist, Billie directed the rest of the audience, telling them not to crowd around the fan and give her some time to recuperate. The gesture earned the young star massive praise, but comments which followed raised some controversy. Eilish said, after the whole ordeal was accounted for, that she waits for people to be OK before she keeps going.
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Many attributed this to be a jab towards the recent AstroWorld tragedy, which ended with several being crushed to death during the Travis Scott concert. Some however said that Eilish has been doing this for years and it was not meant as a jab at Scott. Others in turn defended Scott, comparing audience sizes and saying that the rapper couldn’t possibly know what was happening in his far larger crowd.
But, whatever the truth of the case may be, many still asked not to turn the kind gesture into a polemical issue and simply praise the 20-year-old for her consideration and awareness shown towards her fans.