- Eye ColorHazel Eyes
- Hair ColorBrunettes
- HometownWashington, New Jersey
Posting videos of her cover songs on a YouTube channel has transported Halsey far from the bedroom she recorded them in. Since she first posted a parody video of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” in 2012, Halsey has taken her own form of pop music (and her ever-changing hair color) to the masses.
Halsey was born Ashley Frangipane and grew up listening to Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, some of her dad’s favorite artists, and Alanis Morissette and Nirvana, some of her mother’s. She cites the combination as her source of inspiration.
Now, she’s listed alongside Tinashe and Echosmith on “women in music” lists and has toured with Imagine Dragons, appeared at South by Southwest, and recorded a song (“The Feeling”) with Justin Bieber. She’s considered an electropop artist and pens all of her songs. “I’m a writer at heart,” she told Elle magazine. “I’m not even a very good singer.”
“You’re ripped at every edge but you’re a masterpiece/And now you’re tearing through the pages and the ink,” she sings in “Colors.”
She takes her position as a role model for girls seriously and makes sure her songs always have a positive, fair slant. “It’s hard because I think I fall into this in-between space where there’s something innately feminine about me, and there’s also something that’s kind of androgynous,” she told Elle magazine. “I carry myself somewhere in between, and I think my music lends itself to that as well.”
Hasley is bisexual and has dated some musicians, including Norwegian Lido, who produced her album “Badlands,” and Matt Healy of English rock band The 1975. Her “x” music video shows her with both a man and a woman (yeah, you’re going to want to look it up).
She’s also publicly struggled with bipolar disorder, which is something she explores in her lyrics. “I never wanted to be a cop, but now that’s something I can never be,” she told Nylon magazine. “I can’t carry a weapon. … Knowing that I can’t do something because of this, even though it wasn’t directly crippling me, was horrifying.”