Charli XCX has revealed she’s taken up painting to ease the frustration of being stuck behind closed doors, as the coronavirus lockdown forces her to stay home.
The 27-year-old singer sat down for an interview over FaceTime with Zane Lowe on Apple Music on Tuesday, where she spoke extensively about how she’s been keeping herself occupied as she enters a full week of not leaving her London abode.
On how she was coping, the star said: ‘Well, I’m inside. I mean this is my, I think, sixth day now. The past two days I’m feeling like more kind of frustrated. I feel like even though I’m doing a lot of things like talking to you, going on live streams.
Lockdown: Charli XCX has revealed that she has taken up painting, and is enjoying her house for the first time since moving in, as the coronavirus lockdown forces her to stay home
‘I am beginning to feel that sense of purposeless. Like what am I doing, how can I be creative. I bought an easel and a paint set. I mean I’m terrible. It’s like not going to become a thing.
‘I’m in the process of downloading Logic right now. So I’m like, okay maybe I’ll start making some stuff but I don’t know.’
On finally having to spend an extended period of time in her own home, she admitted: ‘The first few days I was kind of into it, because I was like, wow, I never stay inside, I never enjoy my own space, this is really interesting.
Chat: The 27-year-old singer sat down for an interview over FaceTime with Zane Lowe on Apple Music on Tuesday, where she spoke about how she’s been keeping herself occupied
‘I’m actually enjoying the house that I live in but I never really like lived in it before. I’m always like, I’ve got to go out, I’ve got to do this but now I’m over that. That was four days ago. Now I’m done.’
On Tuesday, it was announced that the UK’s coronavirus death toll has jumped to 422 in the biggest daily rise yet, as the crisis continues to spiral out of control.
Britain also saw a record spike in cases on Tuesday, with 1,427 more patients known to have caught the virus as the total number of infected Britons surpassed 8,000
And as has been the case with many of her fellow celebrities, the Fancy hitmaker has taken to Instagram Live to keep her fans, who are also on lockdown, entertained.
Home: On how she was coping at home, the star said,’Well, I’m inside. I mean this is my, I think, sixth day now. The past two days I’m feeling like more kind of frustrated’. Pictured in February
Speaking of her commitment to providing light relief for her social media followers during testing times, she said: ‘You know, I think with this kind of time period, it’s important to really acknowledge it and understand the world that we live in.
‘But I also think it’s important to be able to adapt and use the tools that you have to try and connect with people…
‘What I’ve been doing isn’t that life-changing or serious, like working out with Diplo on Instagram Live is not going to change anyone’s life, but I’m just trying to be productive with my time and provide some kind of entertainment for people at home.
‘Because I think really it’s like the point is to encourage people to stay home so that we can help stop the spread of this virus so that we can support hospitals, infrastructures and I know that a lot of artists are doing live streams.’
Entertainer: As has been the case with many of her fellow stars, the Fancy singer has taken to Instagram Live to keep her fans, who are also on lockdown, entertained. Pictured in February
She added: ‘I just think whatever possible way, wherever you can use your platform to… whether it be make people smile or help educate people who might not be totally up to speed on everything, that’s really great.’
Recalling the last time she ventured into the outside world, Charli – real name Charlotte Aitchison – said: ‘It was six days ago. Although we’re running low on some stuff now, so I might have to go out to a supermarket in a safe way and get some more supplies.
‘I went out into my garden this morning, but I haven’t gone out on a walk, I haven’t left my property.
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‘It’s been six days and I have these moments where I’ll just be living my life and then suddenly I’ll have this kind of existential thought where I’m like, “Whoa, this is crazy. I’m doing this, but the rest of the world is also doing this. Everybody is inside their house. This is the world now.”
‘It kind of blows my mind. I don’t know. You know what I mean? I feel like I’m really high or something and I’m like, “This is insane.” This is life.
‘What’s interesting as well is I’m fortunate enough that whilst, yes, I am inside, my circumstances have not drastically changed to a point where I’m in an extremely different situation. I don’t have to support a young family.
‘I don’t have to support anybody who’s elderly, and suffering with the virus, and has a low immune system. I’m extremely lucky and fortunate to be in that situation.
‘For me, when I look around my world, yes, it’s changed because I’m indoors and a lot of things have been cancelled. I think it’s the same for a lot of people who are also in my situation.
That’s kind of trippy in itself because there’s been this massive change, but it’s also like we’re in this bubble. It’s kind of hard to register exactly how drastic it is. It’s this very strange catch 22.’
Listen to Charli XCX’s full interview on Zane Lowe’s show, at apple.co/B1_Zane or on-demand with an Apple Music subscription.
Staying in: The star is approaching her first full week of being at home. Pictured in February
Coronavirus UK: New lockdown measures in full
Boris Johnson tonight announced a lockdown plan to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the UK as he told the nation to stay at home.
People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following ‘very limited’ purposes:
Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible.
One form of exercise a day.
Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary.
Meanwhile, the PM has announced a ban on:
Meeting with friends.
Meeting with family members you do not live with.
All weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies but excluding funerals.
All gatherings of more than two people in public.
The PM said the police will have the powers to enforce the lockdown measures through fines and dispersing gatherings.
To ensure people comply the government is also:
Closing all shops selling non-essential goods.
Closing all libraries, playground, outdoor gyms and places of worship.
Parks will remain open for exercise, but will be patrolled.