Halsey has revealed the heavy impact being diagnosed with bipolar disorder had on her as a teenager, including an attempted suicide.
The 21-year-old from New Jersey started to write music around the same time that she reports the attempt, and has since risen to fame. She scored a US number two with her debut album ‘Badlands’, released in August 2015, and also hit the charts with single ‘New Americana’.
In a cover interview with Billboard, the singer was open about her past, also speaking about her experiences of a heroin addict.
“I was 17. He was 23, and he had a really serious heroin addiction,” she told the American publication of a boy she was “following”.
“I had tried to kill myself,” Halsey adds of the time. “I was an adolescent; I didn’t know what I was doing. Because I was 17, I was still in a children’s ward. Which was terrifying. I was in there with 9-year-olds who had tried to kill themselves.”
She links the suicide attempt back to being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and being bullied in school.
The singer also deals with her social media – which lies at the heart of her rise – in the interview, opening up about her use of various platforms and the side effects of her open approach.
“I talk to them like real f—ing human beings, because they are,” she says of her followers. “But then there’s also a sense of entitlement, where they feel like they have the right to chastise me like they would a friend. And sometimes you want to be like, ‘Who the f— are you to say that?’ ”
On the presidential elections, Halsey spoke out in support of Sanders, saying: “While I know people in the industry who want to vote for someone who will protect them financially, I’m looking for a person who will make sure my 17-year-old brother doesn’t get killed someday because he’s half-black.”
Halsey, who collaborated with Bieber on the song ‘The Feeling’ (also on ‘Purpose’), changes a line to: “If you like the way you look that much, then baby you should go and fuck yourself.”