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For British-Filipino songwriter Beabadoobee, the past few weeks have been a test of her emotional resilience. Her parents, both NHS workers, are immersed in the fight against Covid-19, and she has been separated from them and from her brother, who has autism, since the start of the lockdown in the UK. “It’s quite scary because I’m really not used to them being in danger on the ward,” she says over a Zoom call from her boyfriend Soren’s house, where she is currently quarantined. “But what they’re doing is amazing and I feel proud.”

As if that wasn’t enough, Beabadoobee, aka 20-year-old west Londoner Bea Kristi, has also been going through a frustrating period of writer’s block. “Obviously quarantine is quite uninspiring because you’re indoors, but mentally it’s draining. This shit is tough,” she says, before explaining that she has come through the other side, thanks in part to some advice from The 1975’s Matty Healy, her mentor and friend. Healy encouraged Kristi to listen to one of her own songs for inspiration. “It really helped… I think you just have to embrace the writer’s block; you just have to live in it and relax,” she grins, shaking out the golden-blonde locks that have recently been toned down from ruby red and swampy teal.

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