Halsey (singer)

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Halsey performing in March 2015
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane

(1994-09-29) September 29, 1994 (age 24)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2014–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Associated acts
Website iamhalsey.com

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane ( /ˌfrænəˈpɑːni/ ; [1] born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey ( /ˈhɔːlzi/ ), [2] is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Musically talented from a young age, she began songwriting at seventeen. In 2012, she began releasing music on social media platforms, and was signed by Astralwerks in 2014. Soon after, she released her debut EP, Room93 (2014), and toured with larger acts to promote it.

Astralwerks record label owned by Universal Music Group

Astralwerks is an American record label primarily focused on electronic and dance music, owned by Universal Music Group. Its material is distributed via Capitol Music Group, and releases materials mostly from EMI Music Australia. Some of the label's most popular recent releases have come from The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Kraftwerk, deadmau5, Mat Zo, Porter Robinson, Empire of the Sun, Nervo, Mop, Scratte, and Halsey.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. EPs generally contain a minimum of four tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

<i>Room 93</i> album by Halsey

Room 93 is the debut extended play (EP) by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on October 27, 2014 by Astralwerks. The project was re-released digitally on March 9, 2015, including a new version of "Ghost", this later is also included on the singer's debut full-length album Badlands. The sound of the EP is rooted on the electropop music genre. A digital remix version of the EP, featuring three remixes for the songs "Hurricane", "Ghost" and "Trouble" was released on March 3, 2015. Along with the remix EP, a "One Mic, One Take" EP was released on the same date. "Trouble (Stripped)" was featured on the promo of the episode "Best Laid Plans" of the TV series Once Upon a Time.


Her debut studio album Badlands was released in 2015. Spawning four platinum tracks and two gold tracks, Badlands peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the US. To promote the album, she embarked on her debut headlining world tour. In 2017, Halsey released her second studio album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom , which consisted of more "radio friendly" music than her prior releases. It peaked at number one in the US, and was preceded by "Now or Never", which debuted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Halsey's first solo track to earn multi-platinum status. The album also produced "Bad at Love", which became her first top-five entry on the Billboard hot 100 as a solo artist. In 2018, Halsey released "Without Me", which became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist.

<i>Badlands</i> (Halsey album) 2015 Studio album by Halsey

Badlands is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Halsey. It was released on August 28, 2015, by Astralwerks. Badlands debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 97,000 copies. The album was preceded by the release of two singles, "Ghost" and "New Americana". The third single from the album, "Colors", was released on February 9, 2016. A new version of the song "Castle" was released as the album's fourth single to promote the feature film The Huntsman: Winter's War. "Roman Holiday" was featured in the second season of the TV series Younger and "I Walk the Line" was featured in the teaser trailer for the film Power Rangers.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

<i>Hopeless Fountain Kingdom</i> 2017 album by Halsey

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is the second studio album by American singer Halsey. It was released on June 2, 2017, by Astralwerks. It peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200.

Outside of her solo music, several of Halsey's collaborations had top-twenty entries on the Billboard Hot 100. "Closer", which Halsey also cowrote, topped charts in major music markets and won a number of accolades.

Closer (The Chainsmokers song) song by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey

"Closer" is a song by American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, featuring American singer Halsey. Andrew Taggart also provides his vocals in the song. It was released on July 29, 2016, through Disruptor Records and Columbia Records. The song was written by Taggart, Halsey, Shaun Frank, Freddy Kennett, Isaac Slade and Joe King, while the production was handled by The Chainsmokers. Musically, it is a future bass and pop song with a "retro" style synthesizer in the chorus.

Halsey is noted for her distinctive singing voice. Her music focuses on her personal experiences and telling a story. Her accolades include a Grammy nomination and four Billboard Music Awards. Outside of her career, Halsey has been involved in suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault victim advocacy. [3] [4]

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

<i>Billboard</i> Music Award award

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given out annually by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The Billboard Music Awards show had been held annually since 1990 and the event was formerly held in December until it went dormant in 2006. The awards returned in 2011 and are now held annually in May as the last of the Big Three major music awards. The 2018 Billboard Music Awards aired live on NBC on May 20.

Suicide prevention umbrella term for the collective efforts to reduce the incidence of suicide

Suicide prevention, as an umbrella term, involves the collective efforts of local citizen organizations, of health professionals and of related professionals to reduce the incidence of suicide. Beyond direct interventions to stop an impending suicide, methods may also involve:

Early life

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was born on September 29, 1994, in Edison, New Jersey. [5] She is the daughter of Nicole, who works for security in a hospital, and Chris, who manages a car dealership. [6] [7] Her father is of African descent, while her mother is of Italian, Hungarian, and Irish descent. [8] [9] She has two younger brothers, Sevian and Dante. [10] Growing up, Halsey played the violin, viola, and cello, until moving on to the acoustic guitar when she was fourteen years old. [11] She was also a fan of comic books, mystery novels, and "world building" video games, which later became essential to her music. [12]

Edison, New Jersey Township in New Jersey

Edison is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Situated in north-central New Jersey, Edison lies within the core of the Raritan Valley region. As of the 2010 United States Census, Edison had a total population of 99,967, retaining its position as the fifth-most populous municipality in New Jersey. The 2010 population reflected an increase of 2,280 (+2.3%) from the 97,687 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 9,007 (+10.2%) from the 88,680 counted in 1990. Edison's population has been above the 100,000 threshold since 2010, increasing by 2.5% to a Census-estimated 102,450 in 2017.

Comic book publication of comics art

A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication that consists of comic art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan, comic books were first popularized in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies, was released in the U.S. in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper humor comic strips, which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book derives from American comic books once being a compilation of comic strips of a humorous tone; however, this practice was replaced by featuring stories of all genres, usually not humorous in tone.

Video game electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a two- or three-dimensional video display device such as a TV screen, virtual reality headset or computer monitor. Since the 1980s, video games have become an increasingly important part of the entertainment industry, and whether they are also a form of art is a matter of dispute.

Throughout her childhood Halsey's family moved frequently, and her parents worked many jobs. By the time she reached her teen years Halsey had been enrolled in six different schools, stating that the frequent moving during her childhood has caused her to be, "... used to packing up and leaving, to condensing myself into a digestible version because people don't have much time to get to know me." [13] In high school Halsey participated in theatre, and was the yearbook editor. She was also named "Best Artist". [14] During this time Halsey was bullied for her tattoos and shaved head, and struggled with body image. [15] At seventeen Halsey attempted to commit suicide and survived, which led to a seventeen day hospitalization. Following this, she was diagnosed as bipolar, stating that her mother also struggles with bipolar disorder. [16] [17] She began using recreational drugs soon after, claiming her bipolar disorder caused her to become an "unconventional child" who grew up to be an "inconvenient woman." [13] Also when she was seventeen, she started "seeing" a man who was twenty-four and lived on the Halsey Street in Brooklyn. Halsey stated "That’s where I first starting writing music and where I started to feel like I was a part of something bigger than my town in middle of nowhere New Jersey. Halsey is kind of like a manifestation of all the exaggerated parts of me, so it’s like an alter ego.” [18] In 2012, Halsey graduated from Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey. [19] After high school she enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design. However, she withdrew due to financial hardships and attended community college instead. [20] Halsey stated that she had always known she was bisexual but didn't start acting on it until her later years in college. [21]

Bipolar disorder mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental disorder that causes periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood. The elevated mood is significant and is known as mania or hypomania, depending on its severity, or whether symptoms of psychosis are present. During mania, an individual behaves or feels abnormally energetic, happy, or irritable. Individuals often make poorly thought out decisions with little regard to the consequences. The need for sleep is usually reduced during manic phases. During periods of depression, there may be crying, a negative outlook on life, and poor eye contact with others. The risk of suicide among those with the illness is high at greater than 6 percent over 20 years, while self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent. Other mental health issues such as anxiety disorders and substance use disorder are commonly associated with bipolar disorder.

Halsey Street (BMT Canarsie Line) New York City Subway station in On the border of Brooklyn & Queens (mostly in Queens), New York

Halsey Street is a station on the BMT Canarsie Line of the New York City Subway. Located on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens, at the intersection of Halsey Street and Wyckoff Avenue, it is served by the L train at all times.

New Jersey State of the United States of America

New Jersey is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the Northeastern United States. It is a peninsula, bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, particularly along the extent of the length of New York City on its western edge; on the east, southeast, and south by the Atlantic Ocean; on the west by the Delaware River and Pennsylvania; and on the southwest by the Delaware Bay and Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state by area but the 11th-most populous, with 9 million residents as of 2017, and the most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states; its biggest city is Newark. New Jersey lies completely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia and was the second-wealthiest U.S. state by median household income as of 2017.

Halsey dropped out of community college, and then was kicked out of her home by her parents stating “They just didn’t agree with a lot of things about me”. Soon after she started living in a basement in lower Manhattan with a group of "degenerate stoners" who she knew through her current boyfriend. [22] When she wasn't living there, there were times when she lived in one of New York's many homeless shelters. [23] When describing this period of her life, Halsey stated, "I remember one time I had $9 in my bank account, and bought a four-pack of Red Bull and used it to stay up overnight over the course of two or three days, because it was less dangerous to not sleep than it was to sleep somewhere random and maybe get raped or kidnapped." She would occasionally stay with her grandmother. [20]


2012–2014: Career beginnings

Halsey started writing music when she was seventeen, and during 2012 she began posting videos to social media sites such as YouTube and Kik, and in particular Tumblr, under the username of se7enteenblack. [24] She became known for a parody of Taylor Swift's song "I Knew You Were Trouble" (2012) inspired by Swift's relationship with Harry Styles. She then wrote a follow up song. [25] [26] In early 2016, an old video of Halsey singing in a mall went viral. [27] Music became Halsey's "confessional approach" and a form of therapy, after the difficult life she had endured. [28] Having written poems for years, Halsey began writing songs to promote them. [12] She eventually went to a party and met a producer who asked her to collaborate on a song with him because he liked her voice. [20] The result, a song about her ex-boyfriend titled "Ghost", was posted by Halsey on SoundCloud several weeks after it was recorded. [20] Within hours, the song gained online popularity, and she was subsequently contacted by several record labels, with the song charting and going on radio. [20] She signed with Astralwerks, feeling that they gave her more creative freedom than other labels that contacted her. [20] Following this, she played numerous acoustic shows in different cities under several stage names. [11] She chose her Halsey because it is an anagram of her first name, as well as a street in Brooklyn where she spent a lot of time as a teenager, stating that the word "stuck out" to her. [29] [lower-alpha 1] She also stated Halsey was the most popular name she used. [30] During this time Halsey wore many different hairstyles and colors, but became best known for her dyed blue hair. [31] [32] Halsey continued to switch her hair in following years to come. [33] She also began doing covers of other artists' music. [34] Around this time she was described as "tri-bi" due to her bisexuality, bipolar disorder, and biracial genetics. She condemned this label as soon as it rose. [35]

2014–2016: Badlands and breakthrough

While working on her debut studio album, Halsey toured with The Kooks in 2014. [36] During this time, she began an on-again-off-again relationship with Norwegian producer Lido. [37] Halsey released her debut extended play, Room 93 (2014), on October 27. [38] The album charted in the lower regions of the Billboard 200 and at number three on the Top Heatseekers chart. [39] She performed songs from the album at South by Southwest in 2015, where she was the most tweeted about performer of the night. [40] She embarked on a co-headlining tour with Young Rising Songs that March. [41] In June, she became the opening act for Imagine Dragons on their Smoke + Mirrors Tour (2015) during the North American leg. [41] Halsey became pregnant while on tour promoting her upcoming album, though suffered a miscarriage in July 2015. [42] She attributed the miscarriage, which she did not publicly speak about until 2016, to her hectic work schedule. [43]

Halsey performing at The Grammy Museum in May 2016 Halsey Grammy Museum 2016 (27256690335).jpg
Halsey performing at The Grammy Museum in May 2016

Her debut studio effort, Badlands (2015), was released on August 28, 2015. [44] Halsey co-wrote all of the songs on the album, while production was handled by a number of producers, including then-boyfriend, Lido. [45] Musically, the album is mainly rooted in electropop, [46] alternative pop, [47] and synth-pop, [48] and features industrial undertones. [46] Halsey described the record as a concept album about a dystopian future society known as "The Badlands", which was a metaphor for her mental state at the time, stating that each song meant something different to her. [49] [50] At the time, Joe Levy of Rolling Stone cited Halsey as a "new Tumblr popstar with a knack for sticky imagery". [51] Badlands debuted at Number Two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 97,000 copies in the first week. [52] It was reported in April 2017 that the album had sold over 504,000 copies in the United States, [53] and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). [54] This album went platinum despite the fact that it didn't contain a "proper radio hit". [23] The record saw similar success in territories such as the United Kingdom, where it debuted at Number Nine and went on to sell over 100,000 copies. [54] Badlands spawned four commercial singles, which achieved minor chart success worldwide; all four have been certified gold by the RIAA since their release. [55] "Castle" was notably rerecorded to advertise the 2016 film The Huntsman: Winter's War . [56] The project was further promoted by Halsey's Badlands Tour (2015–16) and her spot as the opening act for select dates of The Weekend's The Madness Fall Tour (2015). [57] Gasoline was not released as a single and was only released on the Deluxe version of Badlands, but became one of the album's most popular tracks reaching over one hundred million streams on Spotify within a year of release, also being certified platinum. [58]

Halsey appeared on the song "The Feeling" alongside Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015). [59] [60] The song was not officially released, though entered the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 and earned certifications in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. [61] They performed the song on Today in November 2015, in a "very sensual and touching" manner. [62] She was one of four female performers to partner with MAC cosmetics for their Future Forward line; Halsey released a lipstick named after herself. [63] The Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director of the company, James Gager, said "It feels like a great thing to be able to support artists who are breaking through but aren't necessarily at the top top, to push them forward." [64] In May 2016, Halsey released the song "Tokyo Narita (Freestyle)", produced by Lido. [65] [66] The song was a standalone track that served as a promotional single from Halsey. [67] During this time she collaborated with The Chainsmokers on the single "Closer" (2016), which she helped cowrite. [68] The song went on to become one of the most successful singles of the year and became both acts' first song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. [69] The single earned a number of awards and accolades, including a nomination at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The lyric video for "Closer" was released on YouTube on July 29, 2016, and has since garnered over two billion views. [70] Dating rumors sparked between Halsey and Andrew Taggart, due to the music video and 2016 MTV Video Music Awards performance for "Closer", but were never confirmed. [71] [72] Halsey made a cameo appearance as herself in the seventh episode of the Showtime series Roadies (2016). [73] In 2016, Halsey was diagnosed with endometriosis and went public with it on her Twitter account. [74] [75]

2017–present: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

Halsey announced work on her second studio album prior to the release of Badlands (2015), with progress on the record continuing throughout 2016 and 2017. [76] In January, she released the single "Not Afraid Anymore" (2017) for digital download; it appears on the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Darker (2017). [77] Her second studio album, titled Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), was released on June 2. [78] The album consisted of more "radio friendly" songs in comparison to her previous album, which she attributed to her desire to prove she was "more than capable" of creating "radio-ready" music. [79] This album also consisted of music that was inspired by artists and genres ranging from synth-pop to Motown. [23] Much like her debut album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is a concept album that revolves around a pair of lovers in a tale based on Romeo and Juliet; the project was inspired by her breakup with Lido. [80] The album also focuses on Halsey's bisexuality and on bisexual characters. [81] [82] [83] The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 106,000 equivalent album units. [84] The album was preceded by the release of the lead single "Now or Never", which was released on April 4 and peaked at 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, [85] along with being certified 2× Platinum in the United States. [86] She promoted the single and the upcoming album on Jimmy Fallon in May. [87] The second official single, "Bad at Love", had better commercial performance in the US, peaking at 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, which made it her highest peak as a solo artist at the time. [88] Two promotional singles were made available prior to the release of the album. [89] To promote the record, Halsey embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour, which began on September 29, 2017. [90] In October 2017, she appeared in a commercial for Jeep automobiles. [91] Halsey also performed surprise DJ sets at Emo Nite in Los Angeles in 2017. [92] For about a year, she was in a relationship with American rapper and record producer G-Eazy, [93] until they split in July 2018. [94] They met at a party in 2017. [95] They collaborated for the song "Him & I", which peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, [96] and was certified 2× Platinum in the United States. [97] In mid 2017 she collaborated with the band Thirty Seconds to Mars on the song "Love Is Madness" for their album America . In late 2017, Halsey became one of the top five female artists in the U.S. on both Spotify and Billboard's 2017 end of the year lists, due to her album Badlands achieving over one billion streams on Spotify. [98]

On February 2, 2018, she released "Sorry" with a video for her latest album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. [99] In March, she released "Alone", along with a new version featuring American rapper Big Sean and British rapper Stefflon Don. It was released as the third and final single from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and in April she released a music video. [100] In July, she sang with Khalid for Benny Blanco's debut single "Eastside", which was released on July 12, 2018, along with a music video discussing various parts of Halsey's life. [101] [102] Also that year, she appeared in two films: she voiced Wonder Woman in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies , and cameoed as herself in A Star Is Born , directed by Bradley Cooper. [103] [104] [105] On October 4, Halsey released a non-album single titled "Without Me". [106] [107] 'Without Me' is her, "... first solo-record since 2017." She stated that this song is also very personal to her, and as a result decided to release the song under her legal name, Ashley, instead of her stage name. [108] [109] On October 29, the official music video for "Without Me" was released featuring a "G-Eazy lookalike" following their second breakup. [110] [111] This song went on to become Halsey's most successful solo single to date, becoming her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist. [112] In December she celebrated reaching one billion streams on Spotify, and thanked her fans. [113] [114] On January 9, 2019, Halsey released a remix of "Without Me" featuring American rapper Juice WRLD. [115] On February 9, Halsey appeared on Saturday Night Live as the host and musical guest. [116] Her performance was praised, with ratings for the show rising and a younger audience watching. [117]



Growing up, Halsey's father listened to The Notorious B.I.G., Slick Rick, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and 2Pac, and her mother listened to The Cure, Alanis Morissette, and Nirvana. She said their music taste has been a great influence on her. [29] Halsey called Panic! at the Disco the "band that changed [her] fucking life" [118] and credits Lady Gaga for giving her the strength to be herself. [119] Halsey mentioned a Long Island rock band, Brand New, as both an influence and a favorite of hers, once changing her biography on Instagram to "the devil and God are raging inside me", a reference to their third album. [120] Her other influences include Kanye West, [121] The Weeknd, [122] Amy Winehouse, [123] and Bright Eyes. [124]

Cinema also influenced Halsey's development as a singer and songwriter, "There's plenty of musicians that I love and respect, but I think that I'm the most inspired by cinema," [125] she said. Her influences include directors Quentin Tarantino, Harmony Korine, and Larry Clark. [125]

Music style and themes

Halsey is noted for her distinctive "indie" style of singing, [34] [126] [127] [128] which has garnered controversial feedback. [129] She sings with an "accent" different from her speaking voice. [130] She is an electropop and synth-pop artist. [131] [132]

The New York Times ' Jon Caramanica noted, "Halsey arrived as part of a slew of female pop rebels who emerged in the wake of Lorde's early-2010s recalibration of the genre's operating hierarchies." [133] When speaking of Badlands, Billboard stated, "Halsey's larger-than-life vision combines the synthy darkness of Lorde, the neon-pop chutzpah of Miley Cyrus and the flickering film noir of Lana Del Rey." [134]

Videos and stage

The biggest influence on her live performances is Adam Lazzara, the frontman of Taking Back Sunday, [135] as she said, "One of the most inspiring things I've ever seen is watching [Taking Back Sunday] live and watching Adam use that microphone as a prop and I thought yep, I'm gonna do that." [124]


At seventeen years old Halsey attempted to commit suicide. [20] [136] As a result, she participated in the mental health and suicide prevention awareness campaign called "I'm Listening", which was hosted by radio network Entercom and broadcast live on September 10, 2017. [3]

After the 2017 Women's March, Halsey sent out a tweet that promised to donate one dollar to Planned Parenthood for every retweet it received. [137] She ended up donating 100,000 dollars to Planned Parenthood. [137] Halsey delivered a speech to more than 200,000 protesters at the 2018 Women's March. [4] [138] Instead of a traditional speech, Halsey performed a five-minute poem titled "A Story Like Mine", in which she told personal stories of sexual assault and violence throughout her life. [4] Her personal narrative included accompanying her best friend to Planned Parenthood after she had been raped, her personal account of sexual assault by neighbors and boyfriends, and women sexually assaulted by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar. [139]

Halsey stated, "Listen, and then yell at the top of your lungs, be a voice for all those who have prisoner tongues." [140] [139] Halsey read, "What do you mean this happened to me? You can't put your hands on me. You don't know what my body has been through. I'm supposed to be safe now. I've earned it." [141] [139] She completed her speech by requesting all—"Black, Asian, poor, wealthy, trans, cis, Muslim, Christian"—sexual assault victims to listen and support each other. [139] A. J. Willingham of CNN opined in a headline that "Halsey's Women's March speech moved people around the world." [142]

In November 2018 Halsey performed at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018 along numerous other artists, [143] but in December she called out the company for its lack of inclusion of transgender models in its various shows, stating "as a member of the LGBT+ community, I have no tolerance for a lack of inclusivity. Especially not motivated by stereotype." [144] [145] Later that month, she performed her hit song "Without Me" on The Voice and received backlash for "sensually" dancing with Jade Chynoweth. Many called the backlash "homophobic" and Halsey defended her performance. [146] [147]

Personal life and health

Since the beginning of Halsey's career, she has been open about her struggles with bipolar disorder. According to Halsey, she was diagnosed with this mental disorder at the age of seventeen. [148] When Halsey was seventeen she attempted to commit suicide, which is what led to her diagnosis and a seventeen-day admission to a psychiatric hospital. [149] [20] It was not long after her suicide attempt that Halsey began having success in the music industry. She has stated that singing and performing has helped her manage the symptoms she experiences from having bipolar disorder. [150] Despite the struggles Halsey has faced as a result of this mood disorder, she has said that she embraces being bipolar because it makes her "really empathetic". [148] In 2015, speaking of her success she stated "I'm just this fucked-up stoner kid who made it." [10]

As Halsey's career has progressed, she has also been open about her struggles with endometriosis, a disorder that causes moderate to severe chronic pelvic pain and heavy, painful menstruation. [151] Halsey accredits a miscarriage she experienced in 2015 to her endometriosis. [152] [149] Halsey revealed this information to the public when she appeared on the talk show The Doctors in April 2018. [152] Only hours after Halsey realized she was having a miscarriage she went on stage to perform during a tour because she did not want to hurt her career by missing a performance. [153] As a result of the miscarriage, Halsey plans on freezing some of her eggs. [152]

In 2018, Halsey spoke out about her endometriosis and the pain it causes at the Blossom Ball, which is run by the Endometriosis Foundation of America. [151] At the Blossom Ball, she stated that, "Sometimes I'm bloated, I'm on an I.V., I'm sick, I'm on medicine, and I'm backstage, terrified that I'm going to bleed through my clothes in the middle of my show." [151] She told people who attended this event that she wanted to speak out because the media often portrays her as having perfect physical health despite her struggle with endometriosis. [151] In January 2017, Halsey underwent surgery in an attempt to lessen the pain caused by the disorder. [154] Halsey has not disclosed what type of surgery she underwent. [149]



Music videos

YearSong titleArtistRoleNotes
2017"Now or Never"HalseyDirectorCo-directed with Sing J Lee
"Bad at Love"
"Alone" (featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don)Co-directed with Hannah Lux Davis
"Strangers" (featuring Lauren Jauregui)Co-directed with Jessie Hill


2018 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Wonder Woman Voice role
A Star Is Born Herself Cameo appearance


2016 Roadies HerselfEpisodes: "The Load Out" and "Carpet Season"
2017 American Dad! CindyVoice role, Episode: "A Nice Night for a Drive"
2018-19 Saturday Night Live Herself (musical performer/host)3 episodes [lower-alpha 2]
2018 Rupaul's Drag Race [156] Herself/guest judgeEpisode: PharmaRusical
The Doctors [157] Celebrity guestEpisode: "#10126"
The Voice Guest performer/Guest advisorSeason 14: Guest performer

Season 15: Guest advisor for Team Jennifer/ Guest performer

2019 Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? HerselfTV series, Pre-production




Opening act

Awards and nominations

2015 MTV Europe Music Awards Artist on the Rise HerselfNominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Breakout Artist
NME Awards [158] Best New Artist
Billboard Women in Music [159] Rising StarWon
2017 Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)Nominated
Album of the Year Purpose (as featured artist)
iHeartRadio Music Awards [160] Song of the Year"Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)
Dance Song of the YearWon
Best LyricsNominated
Best Collaboration
Billboard Music Awards [161] Top Hot 100 Song Won
Top Selling Song Nominated
Top Radio Song
Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Top Streaming Song (Video)
Top CollaborationWon
Top Dance/Electronic Song
Teen Choice Awards Choice Pop SongNominated
Choice Breakout ArtistHerself
Choice Summer Female Artist
MTV Italian Music Awards Best Video"Closer" (with The Chainsmokers)Won
Myx Music Awards [162] Best International VideoWon
American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock SongNominated
Collaboration of the Year
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards [163] Female Artist of the YearHerself
Billboard Music Awards Top Female Artist Nominated
Top Radio Songs Artist Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Music ArtistWon
Teen Choice Awards Choice Song: Female Artist"Bad at Love"Nominated
iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards Video of the Year"Bad at Love"Nominated
Best Pop Artist or GroupHerselfNominated
Fan Fave ArtistNominated
2019 IHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyric Without Me Pending
Favourite Female ArtistHerselfPending
Best Cover Song Lucid Dreams Pending
Global Awards Best FemaleHerselfPending
Rising Star AwardPending
Social Media SuperstarPending
Best Song Eastside Pending

See also


  1. Halsey's name can be based on either the station on the Ltrain, the station on the Jtrain, or both. In a Rolling Stone interview, Halsey did not clarify which station she based her name on. [28]
  2. In episode #885, which aired on November 10, 2018, Halsey made a surprise appearance and performed "Can't Be Broken" with Lil Wayne. [155]

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