Halsey has one of the strangest pasts and yet one of the most relatable. And she’s the first to admit it.

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Halsey has one of the strangest pasts and yet one of the most relatable. And she’s the first to admit it.

“I’ve been through some shit. And all of this shit keeps happening. I haven’t had the time to figure it out,” she told Rolling Stone.

Rough Beginning

Her “shit” started in childhood and hasn’t relented since.

“I grew up in a really chaotic household. There was always shit being thrown.”

At the age of 17 she had attempted suicide and was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“I didn’t like being Ashley Frangipane. It was a person I thought was weak and silly and sad.”

And so Halsey — an anagram for Ashley — was born.

But her struggle was far from over. After dropping out of college, she was homeless and broke. “I remember one time I had $9 in my bank account.”

An ElectRopop Star

At around that point in her life she was invited to a party at the Holliday Inn of Newark — “I figured hotel party equals bed. I needed a bed” — and she went. A spontaneous meeting with a music guy and a studio session later and the rest was history.

But even since making it big (her debut album Badlands has already been dubbed a success), the singer/songwriter has continued to endure her fair share of “shit.” She’s received flack for everything possible: her look, her sexuality, her race.

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“The funniest thing is that the biggest battle that I’ve had to overcome in my career was not being bisexual, was not being biracial, was not being bipolar. It was everybody thinking that I was exploiting those things.”

She also recalled having to go onstage immediately following a miscarriage.

“It’s the angriest performance that I’ve ever done in my life. That was the moment of my life where I thought to myself, ‘I don’t feel like a fucking human being anymore.'”

But since her appearance on the scene two years ago, she’s become a feminist icon. She says what she wants, does what she wants, and refuses to let others label her. She recently shaved her head during a photo shoot because she was tired of her hair defining her sexuality.

Yet even with all the fame and success, Halsey still has trouble believing it’s all real.

“If I actually let myself feel and process and understand everything that’s happened to me in the past two years, I would fucking combust.”

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