Björk left the US due to gun violence – Billboard

Icelandic singer Björk has returned to her home country due to concerns about gun violence in the United States, she revealed in an interview with Pitchfork. While discussing the start of her tenth studio album, Fossora, the singer described fears for the safety of her own daughter Isadora, citing the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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“The violence in the US is on a scale I can’t even imagine,” Björk said. “And having a daughter who is half American in school [in New York]40 minutes from Sandy Hook…”

Bjork made New York her part-time home in 2002, after the birth of her daughter with American artist Matthew Barney. She left for Iceland at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we are here, I absorb all of Iceland. If one person dies in the north, we all suffer. It’s an island mentality,” Bjork said. “In the United States, being a simple islander, all the violence was too much for me.”

Bjork, whose latest album is inspired by mushrooms, told Pitchfork that much of her best songwriting is done secluded in a cabin in her lush homeland.

The self-described “simple islander” is just one of many European artists who have denounced gun violence in the United States in recent years. Ozzy Osbourne has revealed plans to return to England permanently in February 2023, calling US gun violence “ridiculous.” British singer-songwriter Harry Styles pledged $1 million to Everytown after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“Along with all of you, I am absolutely devastated by the recent series of mass shootings in the United States, culminating at the latest at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas,” Styles wrote in a statement on Instagram.

Source: www.billboard.com