Mel C reckons Billie Eilish is 'what the world needs right now'

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British singer-songwriter Mel C (L) presents the International Female Solo Artist award to US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (R) during the BRIT Awards 2020 ceremony and live show in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  NO POSTERS  NO MERCHANDISE NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
British singer-songwriter Mel C (L) presents the International Female Solo Artist award to US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (R) during the BRIT Awards 2020 ceremony and live show in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP via Getty Images)

Mel C reckons Billie Eilish is the kind of role model the world is in need of at the moment.

The Spice Girl has heaped praise on the Bad Guy hitmaker in the past and has once again lauded the 18-year-old for the kind of star she is.

Mel C, real name Melanie Chisholm, met Eilish backstage at the latter's Shepherd's Bush Empire gig last year and the 46-year-old has told GQ she instantly "felt a connection".

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"Billie is wise beyond her years," she shared with the publication in a new interview. "To have Billie Eilish as a young role model is really refreshing.

"She’s what the world needs right now. I’ve been itching to hear what she’s going to do next.”

The mother-of-one presented the teenager with the gong for Best International Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards earlier this year, and Eilish had been seen the previous year donning a Mel C t-shirt.

Although, 2019 also saw Eilish admit to not realising the Spice Girls were a real band for some time, believing they had been created especially for the Spice World film.

“I thought all the music was written for the movie,” she explained. “I thought all the characters were cast for those characters. I didn’t figure it out until two years ago.”

Billie Eilish accepts her award for International Female Solo Artist from Mel C on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Billie Eilish accepts her award for International Female Solo Artist from Mel C on stage at the Brit Awards 2020 in London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Eilish has previously credited Mel C with inspiring her to change her outlook on her life and work after she told of her experiences on the Spice Girls' 2019 stadium tour.

The five-time Grammy Award winner shared during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November: "She was saying how she was on stage with all the girls and they were all just smiling at each other.

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"At the beginning and the middle, it's like you work, work, work, work, and it's huge, huge, huge, and then it's done, and it's like 'Oh. Where did that go?' And I just thought about that, 'Oh, my god, I'm in that part of my life that in the future I'm going to be like, damn, I wish I'd been, whatever.'

"So I'm going to try to be as present as possible."

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