SEPTEMBER 29: Halsey (1994-)
After the music video for “Ghost” dropped in the summer of 2015, Halsey shot onto every wlw’s radar. Today, the bisexual pop icon turns 23-years-old. Happy birthday Halsey!!
The second single from Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album, “Strangers,” featuring fellow bisexual singer Lauren Jauregui, has also been bopped to by every wlw with an internet connection since its release in May of this year (x).
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane was born on September 29, 1994 in Clark, New Jersey. She was musically inclined from a very young age and played violin, viola, cello, and guitar by the time she was 14-years-old. When she was 17, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a suicide attempt and a 17-day stint in a psychiatric hospital. Early on in her career, there was a quote floating around claiming Halsey called herself a “tri-bi” – a bisexual, biracial, and bipolar woman, but she has since debunked such claims. After falling in with a boyfriend addicted to heroin and dropping out of college, Halsey’s parents kicked her out of the house and she was left floating in and out of friend’s basements. She had been writing poems and songs ever since she was a child and after performing at a small party one night, she was approached by a producer. The song “Ghost” eventually blew up on SoundCloud and led Ashley Frangipane into the studio and into a new life as Halsey.
The second music video released for the song “Ghost” shows Halsey with a female love interest.
She chose the name Halsey as a stage name because it was an anagram of the name Ashley, as well as the fact that much of her street kid days were spent on Halsey Street station in Brooklyn. In 2014, she began touring with big names such as The Kooks and Imagine Dragons and released her very first E.P., Room 93. During the months leading up to the release of her first album, Badlands, Halsey’s internet fandom exploded and interest in her music was at an all-time high. While the song “Ghost” was originally written about an ex-boyfriend and an early music video featured Halsey with a male love interest, a newer music video showing Halsey with a woman was released in June of 2015 and garnered her an entire new fanbase of young wlw. This year her second album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was released and the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour begins TODAY! Have you gotten your tickets yet? Which Halsey song is your favorite?