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25 February 2020, 15:54
Billie Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, has clapped back at a troll who said the 'No Time To Die’ siblings were successful due to their parents' industry links.
It all started when the 'No Time To Die’ songwriter gave some words of wisdom to fans, writing: “A piece of advice to young creatives. 'Shooting your shot' is promoted widely and I think honestly, it’s a little overrated.
"Work super hard alone or with your closest friends. Make s**t so good it speaks for itself. Don’t pester people to work with you, let them come to you.”
In a now-deleted tweet, the troll responded to the BRIT winner's brother with a screenshot of his Wikipedia page where it reads: “Finneas was born in Los Angeles to actress and screenwriter Maggie Baird and actor Patrick O’Connell, both of whom are also musicians.”
Finneas hit back, penning: "During my life time, our parents were never able to fully financially support us off of their work as actors.
"Our dad worked 12 hour days 7 days a week as a construction worker for Mattel and our mom was a teacher. Our parents gave us love but knew no one in the record industry.
"I paid off their mortgage last year and billie pays them each salaries to tour with us full time though they have told us many times they would work for us for free.
"Anyone who saw us tour in 2019 knows our dad insists on sweeping the stage each night before we perform.”
Fans responded to the thread, where he had defended himself and his 'Bad Guy' singer sister, with one tweeting: “This is so amazing i know non-famous people who don't help their parents even though they have the money to, so this is so cute to me."
“Just so u know finneas u don’t have to justify urself to these people. we love yall no matter what [sic],” another added.
A third wrote: "No head starts or cheats with connections or anything like that, your success is organic."