so. we all know halsey, the new alt-pop princess. she's bisexual, mentally ill, biracial, a synesthete, and has suffered from drug addiction, poverty, and homelessness.
now i'm not doubting her claims of being bisexual and bipolar. she's stated multiple times that she's received a professional diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and sexuality is something everyone should decide for themselves. and she's actually biracial too, she's just very white-passing. there are pictures of her with her parents, and her father is very clearly african-american.
the thing i'm here to talk about is her ~sad backstory~. she's crafted this entire persona to appeal to the tumblr-girl market, and it worked. unfortunately, her story is...untrue, to say the least.
first off - the haylor days
halsey claims to have grown up listening to bright eyes and the arctic monkeys, but anyone who's familiar with her real backstory knows her real musical obsession - One Direction. when she was younger (17-18) she stanned them to an extreme degree, even having her entire blog focus on it.
yeesh. now, it's not like this is necessarily bad, just a little embarrassing, but the juicy bit comes next. so, as we know, halsey is extremely anti slut-shaming (as she should be!) and constantly brings up these important issues on twitter. but...she released two songs dedicated to the relationship between harry styles and taylor swift, and both of these songs slut-shame taylor to a cringey degree. (a lot of people excuse this as her being a dumb kid, but she was already 18 when the second song, SOS, was released.) i'll put a link to the more embarrassing song in the spoiler.
Now, this part of her past is kinda cute in a way. We've all done dumb shit before, and it's nice to know that Halsey is ~real~ I suppose. The real gross part shows up when we delve into the backstory she's created for herself. Here are some quotes from numerous interviews about her past -
"I wasn't a social-media kid," she says. "I wasn't a Viner, a YouTuber, a blogger, anything."
Her phone service had been cut off. She had no health insurance. Her friends would pool their money to split a $1 slice of pizza (...)
"I remember one time I had $9 in my bank account,"
Before Halsey was a huge radio star, she was a struggling homeless teen who used music as a way to make money.
“I figured hotel party equals bed. I needed a bed”
Let's see if that's true. Halsey said that she was homeless when she was 18 years old, after her parents allegedly kicked her out. This would've been in 2013.
Plus, despite preaching tolerance, her deleted tweets are...hm.
Also, there's this. This person claimed to be from her hometown and wanted to expose her. It's anonymous, so there's no real proof, but it's an interesting read.
What do you guys think? I think her music's alright and she seems like she's trying very hard to be socially aware, which I respect. I don't want to drag her too hard, but I do think that getting caught up in some of these messy lies could affect her image later on.