Chill Out

From her hyp­notic voice to her soul­bar­ing lyrics, we can’t get enough of US pop sen­sa­tion Halsey

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GET­TING REAL

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.

SHE’S BOSS

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.

BUCKET-LIST BABY

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.

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