Speaking about her time growing up in Edison, New Jersey, Halsey told NME how she was bullied at school because of her obsession with emo bands of the noughties.
Following Panic! At the Disco up and down the East Coast as a teenager, Halsey recalls interacting with Urie at one of his shows.
“I remember having this wristband from the pit [at one of the shows], and Brendon Urie being on the edge of the stage and acknowledging me…so I wore that wristband every day. I even covered it with plastic when I showered so it wouldn’t fall off.”
Halsey described how an altercation with one of her bullies at school led to the wristband breaking. “I was devastated… I couldn’t understand how somebody could be so mean.”
As her popularity and fame grew, Halsey recalls meeting Urie again and recounting the incident with the bullies to him; she now considers the frontman a friend.
“I went back to my dressing room after [a show of mine he came to recently]…and there was a bouquet of flowers and two plastic Panic! At the Disco wristbands, with a little note that said: “This is to replace the one you lost.”
Chatting to fans backstage at a recent event, Halsey recalled the moment she interacted with Urie and told NME that it had parallels with the moments she meets fans now.
Halsey said: “You never know what one of these kids is going to become…to put yourself above them, or to write them off? You would be putting [your fans] at a serious disadvantage because they’re capable of greatness and may come back around one day and express that gratitude to you.”
Meanwhile, Halsey recently described Machine Gun Kelly as “pathetic” after her apparent relationship with the rapper was dissed by Eminem and G-Eazy. The singer’s relationships were referenced by both stars, as they continue to feud with Kelly.