Billie Eilish interrupted her own Gov Ball performance to call out security in the crowd
Billie Eilish performs at the Governors Ball in New York City on Friday. Taylor Hill / Getty Images for Governors Ball
Billie Eilish performed at the Governors Ball music festival in New York on Friday.
In the middle of her song "Everything I Wanted" she pointed to the crowd and chastised the security.
"Why are you not paying attention? Really, ”she said into the microphone. "A task."
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Billie Eilish took New York City by storm as the headliner of the Governors Ball music festival on Friday - but her performance wasn't exactly seamless.
Before Eilish entered the main stage at 8:45 p.m., several fans had to be escorted or carried out of the crowd, presumably for medical reasons. A fan in the crowd told Insider that they saw three other guests throw up. (Screens and signs posted throughout the festival reminded fans not to "overdo it" and go to a medical tent if they feel uncomfortable.)
In fact, the 19-year-old superstar had to draw attention to a problem in the middle of her set.
During her performance of the Grammy-winning ballad "Everything I Wanted", Eilish sat on a large cuboid structure that was then lifted above the stage. While in the air, she pointed to a spot in the crowd and reprimanded "safety," though it is unclear who exactly she was referring to.
"Security, why are you not paying attention? Really, ”she said into the microphone during the first verse of the song.
After singing a few more lines, she added, "One job."
A source told Insider that the perceived problem was non-medical and would not pose a threat to the safety of the crowd.
Billie Eilish will perform "Everything I Wanted" at the Gov Ball on Friday. Callie Ahlgrim / Insider
Everything I Wanted was co-written by Eilish and her older brother Finneas O'Connell, who also performs in their live band and provides backing vocals.
Released as a standalone single in late 2019, the song was originally inspired by Eilish's experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts.
"Finneas said, 'I don't want to go on with these songs that are just sad and never get better,'" Eilish told New York Times Magazine. "He wanted to make songs that dissolve in the end. I thought, 'But Finneas, life isn't like that. And I'm not going to lie in a song and talk about how fine I am when I' am not. '"
The siblings decided to postpone the song and returned to it months later when Eilish was "in a better place" after going to therapy and prioritizing her mental health.
The revised text pays homage to the duo's close relationship. In the chorus, O'Connell harmonizes with Eilish as she sings about her brother's support: "You say, 'As long as I'm here, nobody can hurt you.'"
When Eilish now performs the song live, she dedicates his message to her fans.
"This song is for you," she said at the Gov Ball on Friday.
The Gov Ball continues this weekend in New York City with performances by Megan Thee Stallion, A $ AP Rocky, Post Malone, and more.
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