*She may have reached mainstream success with her hit single “Closer,” but it seems to be singer Halsey’s personal life that keeps her making headlines. She has dished on everything from her miscarriage to feeling like a black woman trapped in a white woman’s body.
Halsey’s biracial — her father is black and her mother is white. Of her genetics, she says this:
“I’m white-passing,” she said in Playboy’s Sept./Oct. music issue. “I’ve accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about Black culture that’s not mine. I’m proud to be in a biracial family, I’m proud of who I am and I’m proud of my hair. One of my big jokes a long time ago was ‘I look white, but I still have white boys in my life asking me why my nipples are brown.’
“Every now and then I experience these racial blips. I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I’m a Black woman. So it’s been weird navigating that. When I was growing up, I didn’t know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney [Spears].”
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Halsey believes the way people react to discovering she’s biracial stems from white guilt.
“This is a really hard time for white allies. People don’t want to do too much but want to do enough, and in my bubble of Los Angeles, I’m surrounded by a lot of good people with a lot of good intentions. But as I learned in this past election, my bubble is just a small fraction of how this country operates. That is ultimately my greatest frustration with the public perception of any sort of activism: the mentality of ‘Well, it’s not affecting me.’ Open your f—— eyes.”
Halsey also goes on to discuss her miscarriage, which occurred in 2015 while she was tour. During her performance in Chicago she began bleeding, after the show she went straight to Planned Parenthood.
“Other people have controlled this negative narrative that it’s a low-income place, this place in the ghetto, this place for abortions, this place where drug users go, this place where ‘slutty’ girls go—I say ‘slutty’ in quotes because I’m rolling my eyes at it,” she said. “But it’s a doctor’s office. I can afford some of the best health care in the fucking world and I still went there, because I trust it.”
Halsey said she even donated $100,00 of her own money to Planned Parenthood.”Whenever celebrities say they’re donating money, they never really are; it’s a company. No. I charged it to my personal Amex card.”
“Whenever celebrities say they’re donating money, they never really are; it’s a company. No. I charged it to my personal Amex card.”