Halsey has spoken about suffering from endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a common condition involving the lining of the womb that affects women of childbearing age and which often causes severe pain.
The singer opened up about her battle with the condition while being honoured at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s annual Blossom Ball on Monday night (March 19) in New York.
“I can’t pretend anymore that just because I’m a pop artist and I’m touring that everything’s perfect and everything’s all good and my skin’s always great and I’m fit and my outfits are always perfect,” she said.
“In the process of having everyone pick me apart and feeling so insecure, feeling less of a woman because I couldn’t be intimate with my boyfriend, because I couldn’t go out when my friends wanted me to, because I was dealing with digestion problems and bleeding problems and fainting and all of the other amazing things that come along with having endo.”
Halsey added: “It was really hard to feel like that confident, 20-something year old girl who wanted to get on the stage with her middle finger held high and make everyone sing along with her.”
“Keep talking to your friends, keep supporting your loved ones, to the women in your life, make sure that they don’t feel ashamed to talk about their reproductive rights, to talk about their reproductive experiences, because the only way for this – for us to gain control of this – is to speak about it. I am so honoured to be here and to be supporting my endo sisters in the room, around the world, I can’t thank you guys enough. Keep fucking fighting.”
Watch Halsey’s full speech below:
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