Billie Eilish makes surprising reference to Johnny Depp on stage at Manchester gig

Billie Eilish has surprised fans by citing Johnny Depp’s recent libel lawsuit against ex-partner Amber Heard during her performance in Manchester last night (June 7).

The pop star made the first of two scheduled appearances at the AO Arena on Tuesday night. The shows will mark the start of her UK tour, which later heads to London, Glasgow and Birmingham.

In addition to hits like Bad Guy and Happier Than Ever, Eilish played a brand new track with her brother and co-writer Finneas O’Connell.

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The pair sat on two crutches while Finneas played the acoustic guitar for the unreleased melancholy track, which is called TV. “We haven’t played a new song live before it’s out since 2017 or 2018,” she told the audience. “This is one we just wrote and we just wanted to play for you.”

While Finneas slowly strums the guitar and sometimes joins in with his sister, Eilish sings, “What’s the point, all my friends are missing again, that’s what happens when you fall in love.”

Billie Eilish on stage in Manchester

The song then appeared to refer to recent events in the US, including Johnny Depp’s multi-million dollar defamation lawsuit against ex-partner Amber Heard. “The internet has gotten out of hand watching movie stars go on trial as they overthrow Roe v Wade,” Eilish sang to the crowd’s approving roars.

The AO Arena performance is Eilish’s first appearance in England since she played the Reading festival in 2019. The 20-year-old will also headline this year’s Glastonbury festival later this month.

Eilish returns to Manchester tonight and you’ll find travel advice before and after the performance here.

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