Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

Billie Eilish is a Grammy-award winning singer. (AFP)
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Updated 08 July 2020

Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

DUBAI: Most teenagers were obsessed with Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber when he first rose to fame. 

But teen singing sensation Billie Eilish’s infatuation was on another level.

During her Apple Music podcast “me & dad radio,” the 18-year-old’s mother, Maggie Baird, revealed that she and husband Patrick were once concerned about their daughter’s all-consuming love of the star, and especially his 2012 song “As Long As You Love Me.” 

“I just want to say, we did consider taking you to therapy because you were in so much pain over Justin Bieber,” the mother told the now Grammy-award winning singer.  

This shocked even Eilish, who replied: “You did?! Oh that’s embarrassing.”

“Driving to the dance studio with Billie, playing this song, sobbing and then driving back and sobbing,” the mother recalled. 


‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe pitches in to rescue blast-hit Beirut eatery Le Chef

Updated 13 August 2020

‘Gladiator’ star Russell Crowe pitches in to rescue blast-hit Beirut eatery Le Chef

  • Oscar-winning Crowe said on Twitter that he made the donation “on behalf of Anthony Bourdain”

BEIRUT: Hollywood star Russell Crowe said Thursday that he donated funds to help rebuild a blast-hit Beirut restaurant on behalf of late food icon Anthony Bourdain, who loved its traditional dishes.
The decades-old Le Chef restaurant, located in the heart of a trendy Beirut district, is a beloved neighborhood place renowned for its home-style cooking.
It was blown to pieces by the August 4 explosion that killed 171 people, wounded at least 6,500 and ravaged swathes of Beirut.
The Oscar-winning Crowe, best known for his role in the 2000 action film Gladiator, said on Twitter that he made the donation “on behalf of Anthony Bourdain.”

“I thought that he would have probably done so if he was still around,” Crowe said of the celebrity chef and travel journalist who committed suicide in 2018.
“Hope things can be put back together soon.”
Crowe’s $5,000 donation was made on a GoFundMe page set up by fans of Le Chef, a restaurant popular with tourists as well as locals in the Gemmayzeh neighborhood that was among the hardest-hit by the explosion.
The online fundraiser raised nearly $11,000 in less than 24 hours, just $2,000 short of its target.

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Le Chef is where Bourdain had his first meal when he and his crew where trapped in Lebanon for a week in 2006 because of a month-long war with Israel.
It is featured in the highly-praised Lebanon episode of his ‘No Reservations’ series.
“Really good food, very traditional,” Bourdain says of the restaurant in the show, calling it a “nice mix” of old and new.
It’s a “good first meal in Beirut.”