Billie Eilish’s team reportedly requested final approval of Los Angeles Magazine’s cover photoshoot before new album release

Billie Eilish’s team reportedly requested final approval of Los Angeles Magazine’s cover photoshoot before new album release

Photographer Shayan Asgharnia reportedly severed ties with Los Angeles magazine after the publication allegedly allowed Billie Eilish’s team to have final approval of her cover story.

The decision is said to have upset the 34-year-old photographer so much that he ‘pulled his name from the finished product and ended his working relationship with the magazine altogether.’

The publication’s Editor-in-Chief, Shirley Halperin, confirmed that Asgharnia asked ‘for his credit to be scrapped from the December shoot as it went to press, but said she did not know why,’ in an email to The Daily Beast. 

Halperin detailed that Los Angeles magazine did work ‘closely’ with the 22-year-old superstar’s team for the shoot, which she pointed out ‘is standard with major talent.’

Billie Eilish’s team reportedly requested final approval of Los Angeles Magazine’s cover photoshoot before new album release

Photographer Shayan Asgharnia reportedly severed ties with Los Angeles magazine after claiming the publication allowed Billie Eilish’a team to have final approval of her cover story (seen in 2024)

The editor, however, denied ‘Eilish or her team had cover approval or creative control’ to The Daily Beast.

The publication also spoke with a representative for Eilish, who called the cover a ‘unique collaboration’ and ‘collaborative affair.’

The rep also explicitly denied that they got ‘final approval’ on the cover. 

Meanwhile, a source told The Daily Beast that the magazine’s decision to give Eilish’s team final approval ‘without a prior consultation irked Asgharnia.’

The insider claimed during the shoot ‘Eilish’s publicist tried to take control of the artistic direction of the shoot before eventually demanding approval over the final photos.’

While speaking to The Daily Beast about the claims, Akili Ramsess, the executive director for the National Press Photographers Association, said the ‘incident constitutes a breach of industry standards.’

‘You hire a specific photographer for the specific type of talent and skills that you’ve observed from previous assignments that you’ve had with them,’ she explained. ‘So it breaks the relationship also to the photographer in the magazine.’ 

Reports of the behind-the-scenes drama come after the release of her third studio album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, which was released on May 17.  

The decision allegedly upset the 34-year-old editorial and advertising photographer so much that he 'pulled his name from the finished product and ended his working relationship with the magazine altogether'

The decision allegedly upset the 34-year-old editorial and advertising photographer so much that he ‘pulled his name from the finished product and ended his working relationship with the magazine altogether’

Editor-in-chief Shirley Halperin confirmed that he asked 'for his credit to be scrapped from the December shoot as it went to press, but said she did not know why,' in an email to The Daily Beast (Shayan Asgharnia seen above)

Editor-in-chief Shirley Halperin confirmed that he asked ‘for his credit to be scrapped from the December shoot as it went to press, but said she did not know why,’ in an email to The Daily Beast (Shayan Asgharnia seen above)

On the album, Eilish released a track, titled Skinny, in which she discusses a breakup and body-shamers. 

In the first verse she sings: ‘People say I look happy / Just because I got skinny / But the old me is still me and maybe the real me / And I think she’s pretty.’

In a later verse, she adds: ‘And the internet is hungry for the meanest kind of funny / And somebody’s gotta feed it.’

Previously, the singer discussed body-shaming, as in 2023 she told British Vogue that she’s had a ‘rough time’ navigating hurtful comments. 

‘Dude, I don’t even know. It’s tough, man,’ she said. ‘Honestly, nobody can say anything about my body that I don’t have a stronger opinion about.’

She added, ‘I also think that if I was younger, like if the internet talked about me the way they do now when I was like 11, I don’t think I would be able to exist, to be honest.’

Halperin detailed that Los Angeles magazine did work 'closely' with the 22-year-old superstar's team for the shoot, which she pointed out 'is standard with major talent'

Halperin detailed that Los Angeles magazine did work ‘closely’ with the 22-year-old superstar’s team for the shoot, which she pointed out ‘is standard with major talent’

The hitmaker went on to admit, ‘I like myself more than I used to, and I’m more interested in how I feel than how they feel. But then also that might be a load of bulls**t because it still hurts my feelings like a son of a b***h.’

A step she’s taken to gain control is removing social media apps from her phone.

‘I don’t look at it anymore,’ Eilish noted on an episode of the Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend podcast.

‘I deleted it all off my phone, which is such a huge deal for me. Cause dude, you didn’t have the internet to grow up with,’ she explained.

‘For me, it was such a big part of – not my childhood, I wasn’t an iPad baby, thank god – but honestly, I feel like I grew up in the perfect time of the internet that it wasn’t so internet-y, I had such a childhood, and I was doing stuff all the time,’ she remembered.

Reports of the behind-the-scenes drama come after the release of her third studio album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, which was released on May 17; pictured on stage earlier this week

Reports of the behind-the-scenes drama come after the release of her third studio album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, which was released on May 17; pictured on stage earlier this week

On the album, Eilish released a track, titled Skinny, in which she discusses a breakup and body-shamers (seen in 2023)

On the album, Eilish released a track, titled Skinny, in which she discusses a breakup and body-shamers (seen in 2023)

 In a 2019 conversation with Vanity Fair, the singer-songwriter revealed why she often turns to loose-fitting clothes.

‘To be quite honest with you, I only started wearing baggy clothes because of my body,’ she said at the time.

Also in 2019, when starring in a Calvin Klein campaign, the Los Angeles native spoke about her clothing choices.

‘I never want the world to know everything about me. I mean, that’s why I wear big baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know?’ she mused.

‘Nobody can be like, ‘Oh she’s slim-thick, she’s not slim-thick, she got a flat ass, she got a fat ass.’ Nobody can say any of that because they don’t know,’ she continued.

Billie also details a certain heartbreak on the vulnerable track, singing: ‘I never did you wrong…I loved you for so long.’

Fans will likely connect this to her most recent ex boyfriend, Jesse Rutherford, who she split from in May last year.

The couple hit the headlines when they first went public with their romance last year due to their 11-year age gap, with Billie, 20, at the time and Jesse, 31.

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