Willow announced she is dropping out of Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever” tour. The 21-year-old singer tweeted Tuesday, “Due to production limitations, I am unable to put on the show that I believe you all deserve. Stay Safe, I love you all and I will see you soon!”
Willow was scheduled to appear as the opening act on 11 shows of Eilish’s North American tour in the U.S. starting Wednesday night at the Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. until March 8, and again on April 8 at The Forum in L.A.
Fans took to Twitter to decipher the meaning behind the vague reason given by the “Meet Me At Our Spot” singer for pulling out of the tour, with some even pointing out that Willow had unfollowed Billie Eilish on Instagram.
“Idk what that even means but, it sounds like she’s saying ‘There won’t be smoke and lasers, so I can’t perform,'” one fan said. Another fan replied, “right? and she unfollowed billie on insta…suspicious behavior.”
One fan who had some strong criticism for Willow’s cancellation wrote, “I don’t think I’m insulting her… she and/or her team is being disrespectful to @billieeilish and in the process also insulted her own fans who not only purchased tickets in advance but also paid travel arrangements and hotel reservations for those who came from out of town,” user @Melody_maker said.
Meanwhile, other performers who are confirmed to appear on the show include Tkay Maidza, Duckwrth, Jessie Reyez, Jungle, Arlo Parks and Girl in Red.
Willow has been busy collaborating with multiple artists after her powerful comeback last year. She recently collaborated with Machine Gun Kelly for the track, “Emo Girl” from Kelly’s upcoming album, “Mainstream Sellout.” She also collaborated with Avril Lavigne in 2021 for the single “G R O W” which tackled teen angst and the growing pains in any stage of life.
Willow Smith was named Billboard’s 2021 Comeback Artist Of The Year following her notable resurgence in the music scene in pursuit of her punk rock inclination. She credited her recent success to her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith who, she says, is her biggest musical influence. Smith is the lead singer of punk rock band, Wicked Wisdom. Smith is also one half of the two-member band, The Anxiety, with Tyler Perry.
“I was exposed to a lot of different walks of life at a very, very young age. I think that seeing my mom on stage and how she commanded the music and the band just made me realize that’s what I want to be. I want to be that strong woman who is putting it all out there on the stage,” she told V Magazine in June 2021.
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