Billie Eilish has opened up about her reluctance to talk about politics but said she believes she has a “responsibility” to speak up ahead of the upcoming US presidential election. 

Speaking on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Billie explained the importance of politically engaging with her followers, as well as educating them about voting.

“To be honest, I just think it was my responsibility,” the ‘Bad Guy’ singer told host Jimmy Fallon. “I really couldn’t want to be involved in politics less; I’d rather be doing literally anything else than talking about this… I think that that should show you how much this actually means right now.”

Billie continued: “I was somebody who used to just completely shut up – ‘I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t want to hear about it… I don’t want to deal with it, I don’t want to think about it.”

However, the 18-year-old added that she had an epiphany that made her realise that she should be using her platform to educate.

“There just comes a certain point where you can’t ignore it and you can’t be silent. Especially having the platform that I have, I don’t want to waste that,” Billie explained. “So I think it’s really important that we all talk and speak up, even if we’d rather die.”

Speaking on the current political climate in America, Billie didn’t sugarcoat her thoughts when it came to the controversial US President Donald Trump.

“You don’t need me to tell you that our country is a mess. Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about.”

It comes as the singer recently launched a voting initiative to encourage her fanbase to get involved in voting in the November election.

As per Billboard, Eilish said: “So, I wish that I didn’t have to be making this video because I really wish I could just not give a fuck and it would be fine, and I wouldn’t have to worry about any of this stuff.

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But as much as I don’t want to be involved in this fucking shit, as in politics and as in this election, I think it is incredibly important that we all involve ourselves. Even if we’d rather stab ourselves in the face than talk about it, we need to talk about it.”

She added: “If you care about yourself, if you care about your friends and racial injustices and climate change, then you’ve gotta vote.”

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