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The American singer said that watching porn 'destroyed' her brain

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Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has praised Billie Eilish for opening up about the damaging impact that watching pornography at a young aged had on her. 

I think it is very important that Billie Eilish spoke out about the damaging impact hardcore pornography at just 11 years old,” he said.

“Today eight and nine year olds have access to hardcore explicit materials that would have been illegal to be viewed by adults just a generation ago.”

It comes as the Meath West TD highlighted the need to pass Aontú’s legislation to curb access to pornography for young children.

“I have heard of children googling Santa Claus one minute and the next searching for hardcore pornography.”

“This disturbing sexual imagery has a toxic effect on our youth: sexualising children, inculcating children with harmful attitudes towards consent and intimacy, causing addiction – the list goes on.”

“Pornography often contains scenes of violence and aggression,” he added.

“There is significant evidence showing that some young children viewing this kind of material will act it out on other children. Research also indicates that pornography can lead to violence against women and children.”

“Indeed, we know of children who have been exposed to thousands of highly graphic images have been involved in aggravated sexual assault and murder.”

“This isn’t just an abstract problem happening to other people, it’s happening to our children. The testimony from Ms Eilish serves to highlight the problem and the need to take action.”

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Billie Eilish (Jonathan Brady/PA)

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Tóibín aid that introducing a bill will force the government to make regulations that ensure that children in the state cannot view pornographic material on the internet.

20-year-old Billie Eilish said that watching violent pornography at a young age “destroyed her brain” and affected her first sexual experiences.

Speaking on SiriusXM, she said: “As a woman I think porn is a disgrace and I used to watch a lot of porn to be honest.”

“I started watching porn when I was like 11 and I didn’t understand why it was a bad thing. I thought that was how you learned to have sex,” she said.

“I was watching abusive porn to be honest when I was like 14.”

“I was an advocate and thought I was one of the guys and would talk about it and thought I was cool for not having a problem with it,” she explained adding: “I think it really destroyed my brain and I feel incredibly devastated that I was exposed to so much porn.”

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