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Billie Eilish on idol Avril Lavigne whilst growing up

Billie Eilish says Avril Lavigne was her idol growing up.

The 17-year-old singer has heaped praise on the Complicated hitmaker, crediting her with inspiring her to be unique through her music, along with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.

Eilish has revealed: "Avril was everything to me, I love Avril. I only love her. There's nothing else there, just love.

"There is almost no other artist like that. Her, Tyler, Gambino, [Justin] Bieber made me and Lana, probably.
"They made e. I would not be me. [Avril] has my number though and she texts me sometimes, it's so cool. She'll be like: 'Hey babe it's Avril'. Oh my God."

Meanwhile, the teenage pop superstar has already earned herself some famous fans with the likes of Thom Yorke and Sam Smith amongst those who enjoyed her chart topping debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

And most recently, Sir Elton John has showered her with compliments, saying "talent like hers doesn't come along very often".

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