Halsey’s Sexuality Shines

The Pop Singer Embraces Her Love For Girls

BY: Rudie Obias

Halsey is having a good year so far. The 23-year-old’s second studio album, 2017’s  Hopeless Fountain Kingdom went certified Platinum selling more than a million copies, and she’s just released the fourth single from it titled “Strangers.” The new single features singer Lauren Jauregui from the girl group Fifth Harmony (although there are only four members in the group now after Camila Cabello peaced out in 2016).

The music video is directed by Jessie Hill & Halsey (whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) herself. It features Halsey and Jauregui in a full-out boxing match, playing ex-lovers-now-fighters. The division is clear: Halsey in red and Lauren Jauregui in white, with devils and angels circling around them during the bout.

As the fourth single off of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, it’s the perfect song and music video to let people know that  Halsey’s not going anywhere. It also re-affirms the singer’s sexuality (just in time for Pride) with lyrics like,

“She doesn’t kiss me on the mouth anymore
‘Cause it’s more intimate, than she thinks we should get
She doesn’t look me in the eyes anymore
Too scared of what she’ll see, somebody holding me

When I wake up all alone
And I’m thinking of your skin
I remember, I remember what you told me”

Halsey really wanted to write a song that suited her sexuality so she recruited Lauren Jauregui, who is also bisexual. She also enlisted the Fifth Harmony singer because her voice compliments her own. In addition, it was important to her not to play a “lipstick lesbian” for the song “Strangers” and it really shows. Halsey explained her ambitions in writing the song and why she picked Jauregui to be featured in it to Idolator.com.

“I was thinking to myself, if I want this song to be believable, it needs to be real, so I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight,” said Halsey. “I’m just not going to do it. So I reached out to Lauren and she came in and she cut the vocal and it sounds awesome. Our voices sound really cool together because we both have really raspy voices, mine’s a little more delicate than hers. Hers is like really powerful and big and raspy, and mine is kind of like light and raspy. But it’s really cool because I’m bisexual. I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community, it’s unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective.”

Strangers” is now available on Spotify and Apple Music, and Halsey’s on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour this summer with Logic and Jessie Reyez.