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Bjork on raising her child in America: ‘The violence’ is ‘too much’

Icelandic musician Björk returned to her native country after more than 20 years living in the United States because the violence in the country “was just too bad”.

The 56-year-old grew up in Reykjavík, the Icelandic capital, but moved to New York in the late 1990s where she married artist Matthey Barney.

They welcomed daughter Isadora in 2002 and she is also mum to son Sindri who was born in 1986 with former teammate Thor Eldon.

Björk said the scale of violence seen in the United States would not occur in Iceland because, culturally, the entire population would feel the pain of any tragic event.

The artist also revealed that Isadora studied at a school near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where mass shooter Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself in 2012.

“The violence in the United States is on a scale I can’t even imagine,” she said. fork in an interview.

“And have a half-American girl in school [in New York], 40 minutes from Sandy Hook… When we are here I absorb all of Iceland. If one person is killed in the north, we all suffer. It’s an island mentality.

“In the United States, being a simple islander, all the violence was just too much for me.”

Björk was also devastated when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016 and admitted she was in tears when it happened.

“It was the only time something happened on the news where I broke down and cried,” she explained. “I was just broke.”

Bjork is no stranger to violence.

In 1996, obsessed fan Ricardo Lopez committed suicide after sending a sulfuric acid-filled letter bomb to his home in London.

The 21-year-old was angry with the singer after finding out she was in a relationship with DJ Goldie and wanted to find ways to “punish” her.

Björk spoke after the incident saying she was “very upset that someone died. I couldn’t sleep for a week”.

“And I would be lying if I said it didn’t scare me. That I might get hurt and, most importantly, my son might get hurt,” she told the media outside her home. year after Lopez’s death.

Björk has also been involved in violent incidents against paparazzi over the years.

She slung at journalist Julie Kaufman at Bangkok International Airport in 1996 as a pack of media swooped down on her and her son after a long-haul flight.

Björk knocked Kaufman to the ground and hit her head on the hard floor after the reporter approached her and said “welcome to Bangkok”.

Kaufman declined to press charges and Björk apologized for the incident.

Then 12 years later she was involved in a similar incident at Auckland International Airport in New Zealand when she attacked a photographer who took her picture after she was asked not to do it.

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