Björk Says ‘Violence’ in the U.S. Contributed to Move Back to Iceland: ‘Too Much for Me’

Björk concert in Bergen - Credit: Redferns for ABA
Björk has cited the epidemic of gun violence in the US as one of the reasons she retreated to her native Iceland.
Speaking to Pitchfork ahead of her new album Fossora, Björk revealed that the singer - after living in New York and Iceland for decades - had returned to the latter forever, partly because of the Covid-19 pandemic and outbreaks of violence - from the mass shootings to to incidents of police brutality - this has been a constant in the US.
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"The violence in the US is on a scale that I can't even fathom," Björk said. "And having a daughter who is half American at school [in New York] 40 minutes from Sandy Hook..." citing the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012.
Björk continued, "When we're here, I'll soak up all of Iceland. If one person is killed in the North, we are all hurt. It's an island mentality. In the States, as a simple islander, all the violence was just too much for me.”
The singer is the youngest European-born artist to say the problem of gun violence in America was a factor in her retreat across the Atlantic: Ozzy Osbourne, who is now back in England, recently shared that he was "tired of the mass shootings “ got in the US.
"It's all bloody ridiculous," Ozzy said. "I'm sick of people getting killed every day. God knows how many people have been shot in school shootings. And there was this mass shooting in Vegas at that concert... It's freaking crazy,” in reference to the 2017 Route 91 Harvest shooting that killed 60 people.
Björk's new album Fossora, her first LP since 2017's Utopia, is out September 30. The singer previously shared lead single "Apotos" from the LP, which was influenced in part by the death of the singer's mother in 2018.
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