Halsey looks chic in a beaded top in a photo from her cover feature in Nylon‘s June/July 2016 music issue, on newsstands May 31.
The 21-year-old singer opened up about how her fame changed her life, selling out MSG, her sexuality and more. Here’s what she shared…
On how her success changed her life: “My parents don’t know who the f**k I am anymore. I never did homework, my room was a f**king mess, I didn’t care if my clothes were dirty. I was the most loose, lazy, completely fluid, lucid gypsy woman. I just became such a, forgive me, but such an anal retentive this past year, because I got something that I was scared to lose.”
On being a perfectionist: “I care about my shows so f**king much. If I play a show and it’s not the best show anyone has ever seen, it’s not good enough for me. I’m like that with everything. If I’m not the best person you’ve ever had sex with, we need to do it again, like, I need to fix it.”
On her bisexuality: “People will say, ‘Halsey’s pretending to be bisexual to get more album sales.’ I’m like, wow, goddamn, it is incredible that we live in a f**king year where being queer helps you sell records. Like, that’s a pretty wild development in the music industry.”
On selling out Madison Square Garden: “We joke around all the time like, I’m the biggest artist in the world that no one’s ever heard of. Like, I can show up to a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden and they’ll still probably spell my name wrong on the marquee.”
Her analogy for what fame feels like: “Imagine I’ve got a rope tied around my waist, OK? And behind me is a really heavy one-ton block of steel. I slowly started picking up speed, and now I’m fucking running as fast as I can, and this block of steel is trailing behind me and if I stop it’s gonna slam into me and kill me. That’s how I feel. I just need to keep going.”
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