From her hypnotic voice to her soulbaring lyrics, we can’t get enough of US pop sensation Halsey
The 24-year-old said her latest track, Without Me, is about her on-off relationship with rapper G-Eazy.
“My fans are really going to be like, ‘Whoa’ [at] all the video content – it’s just me in a white T-shirt with normal hair, singing to the camera. No character, no cinematography, no gunfight, no car explosion.”
It’s the first song she’s written under her real name, Ashley Frangipane.
“I think that’s what I’m kind of getting at – it’s not protected by some character or subplot. This is me talking about my life.”
ROAD TO FAME
She got her big break in 2014 when she released the track Ghost on SoundCloud. She dropped her debut album, Badlands, in 2015 and her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, last year.
Halsey has about 200 people working for her when she goes on tour. She considers her crew “my best friends”, but said she’s had to fire a few because they “got comfortable”.
MUSIC IS HER THERAPY
The singer battled with mental illness when she was a teen. At age 17 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a suicide attempt.
“I spent my whole adolescence medicated and I really hated it.”
These days she credits music for helping her manage her condition.
She’s keeping her options open. “I could decide I want to move to Italy for a year and write. I could get pregnant. I’ve played Madison Square Garden.
I have a No 1 album. I don’t have many bucket-list things left besides carrying a child. It’s a personal goal, and a weird one.”
Halsey pours her heart out on her song Without Me. She’s also a songwriter and co-wrote and sang on the The Chainsmokers’ No 1 track Closer.