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Greta Thunberg had to get bodyguards after Trump tweeted about her

Greta Thunberg has NEVER been drunk, finds romance difficult because of her celebrity status and the only time she needed bodyguards was after Donald Trump tweeted about her

  • Thunberg forced to get security after death threats from Trump’s tweet on her
  • Doesn’t drink as she doesn’t want boasting about being able to get her drunk 
  • The 19-year-old Swedish climate campaigner lives solely on her student grant

Greta Thunberg has opened up about her everyday teenage life, confessing that she has never been drunk and worries about romance for fears of being vulnerable. 

The 19-year-old Swedish climate campaigner also shared how she is extremely conscious of everything she does – living solely on her student grant.

While she aims to walk everywhere she can, rather than take taxis, she has made one exception during a period that she had to have security guards after Donald Trump’s public attack on her.

When Thunberg was named Time’s Person of the Year in 2019, then president Trump tweeted, following her speech to the UN General Assembly: ‘She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’ 

Greta Thunberg has opened up about her everyday teenage life, confessing that she has never been drunk and worries about romance for fears of being vulnerable

Thunberg was forced to have security guards after Donald Trump’s public attack on her

Unsurprisingly, Thunberg, then 17, was met with an overwhelming flurry of death threats and media attention – forcing her to recruit security.

Thunberg got her payback however, when Trump was kicked out of the White House, tweeting: ‘He seems like a very happy old man, looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’ 

Speaking to Times Magazine, Thunberg admitted that she will opt to walk home late at night rather than take a taxi. 

She said: ‘I always walk. Maybe I should be more cautious… Probably I should be more careful. People tell me I should.’ 

‘There was one period I had security guards, but it only lasted a few days.’

Far from being a normal teenager, the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee also said she doesn’t drink and has never been drunk.

She said: ‘I would never go out drinking… I would never do anything… stupid, and I don’t know if that’s because I’m that kind of person or if it is because I don’t want to be “seen”. I guess it could be both.’

Far from being a normal teenager, the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee also said she doesn’t drink and has never been drunk

One of the reasons for this, she says, is because she doesn’t want anyone to boast about being the first person to be able to get her drunk. 

She told the Times that she had the same concern when it came to romantic relationships.

‘If I come up to them, you’re more vulnerable. So you have people looking up to you, but you’re also much more vulnerable’, she said.

Although not every teenager has addressed the UN, most do have a go-to music playlist, and Thunberg’s include the classic hits Queen’s Somebody to Love; KC and the Sunshine Band; Billie Jean; Blame It on the Boogie and Should I Stay or Should I Go. 

Responding to the Times interviewer as to whether she’s ever reached out to other celebrities who became famous when they were teenagers – like Billie Eilish or Lily Allen, she said no. 

One of the reasons for this, she says, is because she doesn’t want anyone to boast about being the first person to be able to get her drunk

The activist is due to release her first book ‘The Climate Book’ on October 27 and is intended to be the manual for understanding what is happening to the world, why, and how to change it

‘It’s difficult because, in one way, I feel like I’m just an activist – we know how to organise a strike, how to talk to politicians. 

‘But on the other hand, my position is very different [from other activists]. There are very few who have the experience of being a grassroots campaigner and also being followed by the paparazzi. 

‘Someone recently told me I am an influencer, but I don’t like that.’   

Thunberg, who is still studying, said her least favourite subject in school was economics , because it is ‘this thing that we humans have made up and we now worship it’.

The activist is due to release her first book ‘The Climate Book’ on October 27 and it is intended to be the manual for understanding what is happening to the world, why, and how to change it. 

The book includes input from a host of experts including Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation; Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development; Silpa Kaza from the World Bank; economist Thomas Piketty – to write on their specialist subject. 

Thunberg, who is still studying, said her least favourite subject in school was economics , because it is ‘this thing that we humans have made up and we now worship it’

All proceeds from the book are set to go to charity, she says, and although it ‘would be nice to have money’, she hopes to instead start a debate.

Living off her student finance, Thunberg said people would be ‘mad’ if she got money from her position.

She said: ‘I think we are more or less morally obliged to be activists, but you can’t really earn a living on that.’ 

‘When it comes to artists or influencers, they can earn money without people being mad at them, but I can’t.’ 

The activist admitted that her money situation is ‘not sustainable’ and said that she lives in a friend’s apartment as all addresses are public in Sweden.   

On her future prospects, she said: ‘Sometimes I find myself thinking, “What do I do with my life?” And it ends up with, “I can’t predict anything. Let’s vibe!”‘, she said. 

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