Our 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Halsey looks at an an American singer-songwriter born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane who we all know as Halsey. The famous singer Halsey was born on September 29, 1994, in New Jersey. She is of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother’s side and African-American on her father’s side.
Halsey began her career by posting cover songs on YouTube under her real name. Halsey was discovered by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who passed her music onto fellow Island Def Jam Music Group executive Jeffrey Azoff who later became Halsey’s manager. She also befriended rapper B.o.B, whom she collaborated with on his second mixtape, “Airplanes.” On April 8, 2014, Halsey announced that she would release a new track titled “Ghost,” produced by Lido and American music producer Lucas Banker. The song was released on April 8, 2014, as the lead single from her debut extended play (EP) “Room 93”. In June 2014, she performed twice at California’s Weenie Roast. Halsey announced in August that her debut EP would be titled “Room 93” and premiered its lead single later that month.
In 2015, Halsey achieved breakthrough success with the release of several non-album singles, including “New Americana,” “Colors,” and “Castle,” which experienced some commercial success in North America. On August 28, 2017, Halsey released her second studio album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” which featured several producers she had not previously worked with, including Greg Kurstin and Benny Blanco.
In January 2015, Halsey announced that she had signed a joint deal with Capitol Records and Astralwerks Records. On January 27, she confirmed that her debut studio album would be titled “Badlands.” In an interview, Halsey stated the theme of “Badlands” is a loose concept about “the Road,” but it’s not necessarily linear; rather, it’s about certain moments where the character is in control. Halsey cites American Beauty, Natural Born Killers, and The Virgin Suicides as influences for the album’s theme. There is a lot to talk about this star. To help you know more about this beauty, here are 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Halsey:
# 1 – Halsey isn’t her name:
Halsey is a stage name she took from the street she grew up on in New Jersey. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Halsey said that she plans to keep it as a pseudonym for now, and if she ever changes her mind about using it as a persona, she doesn’t want it to be at the expense of another artist who may have taken the stage name first.
# 2- She became famous for being a fangirl:
Besides her catchy songs and unique style, Halsey became popular for her tweets, including those just retweeting others’ tweets about Taylor Swift, sparking the relationship between Taylor fans and Hy fans known as ‘The Haylor War.’
# 3 – She spent a few of her teenage years in homeless shelters:
While living with her family, the house they were renting had to be sold, and Halsey revealed she was often depressed about having little money to do normal teen activities like prom or homecoming. In another interview, Halsey says that she still doesn’t have an accurate sense of what it’s like not to worry about whether or not her next meal will come from a shelter.
# 4 – She openly struggles with bipolar disorder:
In 2014, Halsey opened up about being diagnosed as bipolar, which has caused trouble for her when it comes down to balancing a love life and a career. There are times where she said even though she wants to be in a relationship, she doesn’t feel like it’s the right time.
# 5 – She’s a strong activist:
Halsey is an advocate for same-sex marriage and has even gone on record saying that if she were ever to get married, it would be to another woman. In her own words, during an interview with Paper magazine, “I’m not going to pretend that I’m heterosexual and make music with people that are; I don’t think that would be right.”
# 6 – Her family moved around a lot when she was younger:
Even though Halsey grew up in New Jersey, her family had to relocate quite often due to their struggling financials, which caused her never to have more than two consecutive years at one school.
# 7 – Halsey doesn’t feel natural when their tattoos are covered up:
One thing that sets Halsey apart from other artists is her love of body art, and it even used to be part of her stage name. Halsey was branded as being the ‘Bald Barbie.’ Although she’s no longer using her hairless persona, many of her fans have tattooed lyrics or symbols inspired by Halsey on their bodies, making it difficult for them to cover the ink with clothing.
# 8 – There’s a wide range of musical influences that she was exposed to while growing up:
There are songs that you would never imagine could come from just one person; this is because Halsey was exposed to a wide range of different types of music while she was growing up. Artists like Whitney Houston and The Fray were some of the first songs that influenced her love for singing, but as time went on, she said she started listening to heavier songs such as Set It Off by Panic. At The Disco and Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake.
# 9 – In August 2019, she revealed that she’d finally kicked her smoking habit for good.
In an Instagram post celebrating six months of being cigarette-free, Halsey shared that quitting smoking was one of the most challenging parts of her life because cigarettes were connected with so many activities throughout her day. However, now that she has been nicotine-free for six months, she said it is the best decision she has ever made.
# 10 – She was a victim of bullying throughout high school:
As a little girl, Halsey loved being on stage and would often watch classic musicals like The Phantom Of The Opera with her mother. By the time she reached middle school, all of that changed when bullies had started targeting her for singing in the cafeteria. After having to change schools three times just because of how miserable she felt, Halsey finally found the confidence to come out of hiding during high school. It was worth it considering not only did she have almost entirely positive experiences at this new school, but even though she’s no longer living there, people still approach her telling her they used to go to St. Rose High School back in New Jersey.
The best way to get more Halsey in your life is by following her on every social media platform and listening to all of her albums. She deserves the attention, and she’s an amazing artist. Halsey’s connection with her fans is what sets her apart from other pop stars. Her ability to connect with young people helps make her relatable in an industry where many artists are lucky if their parents even recognize them.
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