Halsey on being a Libra: I do what I want & then I want everyone to love me

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Y’all know that I’ve sort of come around on Halsey. At first I thought she was too much, too over the top, too melodramatic in interviews. But over the past few years, she’s dealt with her mental health issues in healthier ways. She seems to be taking care of herself a lot more. She knows her limits and she doesn’t treat interviews as long-winded therapy sessions. So, I mostly enjoyed her interview with Cosmopolitan. First, a word about the cover – she’s a shape-shifter, right? Every time I see her, it takes me a minute to realize who I’m looking at. I thought this was Lily Allen. As for the interview, it’s fine. She sounds okay. Some highlights:

On being “pretty regular”: “I’ll sometimes look at other artists who seem so larger-than-life and wonder, Am I not supposed to be here?”

On being an open book about her past: “I shared a lot about myself, assuming the world would be kind. And that hasn’t quite been the case.”

On being questioned -“Are you a crazy, rambunctious bad girl, or are you an activist, political, fund-raising philanthropist?”: “Like, how f*cking immune are you to the human experience? Sometimes I want to have really good sex and sometimes I want to save the world, and sometimes I might try to do both in the same day!”

On being a Libra and wanting everyone to love her: “That’s the problem: I’ll do what I want, knock down everyone in my path who says I shouldn’t, and then when people don’t like it, I’m like, ‘Why?!’”

On how music has helped her manage her energy: “I have bipolar disorder, and I get bored of sh-t really quickly. Music is this thing that I get to focus all my chaotic energy into, and it’s not a void that doesn’t love me back. It’s been the only place I can direct all that and have something to show for it that tells me, ‘Hey, you’re not that bad.’ If my brain is a bunch of broken glass, I get to make it into a mosaic.”

On her identity as a poet: “It’s ironic having to explain to people that I’m a poet. It’d be like talking to Michael Jordan about baseball and saying, ‘Oh you’re gonna try basketball?’”

On the moment that zapped her back to life after her messy split from ex G-Eazy: “I was doing Good Morning America and I’m in a blonde wig and white patent-leather outfit, twirling around while I’m going through a heinous breakup. I look down and there are these two girls, one with pink hair, one with blue hair, septum piercings, cool as f*ck, still loving me, probably knowing what a weird time I’m going through. I looked at them, looked at myself in my sparkly Britney Spears outfit, and went, Ohhh no, they deserve better than this. If those girls can be that brave in who they are, then I owe them better than this homogenized bullsh-t. But hey, if the worst thing that’s happened to me so far is I wore dumb clothes and dated a sh-tty dude, I think I’m doing alright.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

There’s that steady and generous vein of self-absorption, of endlessly trying to define yourself by not defining yourself and talking about how you are too wild to be defined, to be just one thing. I mean, I get it – she’s a woman in full, with diverse interests and passions. But one of her biggest passions is thinking about who she is and trying to describe herself to people. Anyway, she’s right about the G-Eazy thing and I like that she’s giving herself a break. Of all the sh-t she has to deal with, the fact that she sometimes goes full “pop star” and also dates sh-tty dudes is not even the worst thing to happen.

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Photos by Peggy Sirota for Cosmopolitan, sent from promotional Cosmopolitan email.

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  1. Kateeeee says:

    She looks like a hybrid of Kate Beckinsale and Mandy Moore. I know nothing about her or her music but she sounds young.

  2. Gingerbread says:

    I will never forget about huge of a tumblr blogger she was back in the day. She was obsessed with Harry styles and wrote a song about how much she hated Taylor Swift. So funny how she’s too cool for school now. Tumblr doesn’t forget.

  3. Meg says:

    She probably doesn’t talk like that outside of interviews. She’s asked who she is in Interviews then criticized for talking about who she is?

    • CatMom says:

      Agreed. It is funny that celebs are criticized as “self-absorbed” for talking about themselves during an interview where talking about themselves is the literal reason they are being interviewed.

  4. Jensies says:

    I mean…she’s in her early 20s and she sounds like she’s in her early 20s. No shame in that.

  5. lucy2 says:

    Libras are usually characterized as wanting balance and harmony, not doing whatever we want and then wondering why people are mad. It’s all silliness anyway, as a pretty typical Libra that stuck out to me as odd.
    She does look different all the time. I think it’s her hair, it really transforms her.

    • Deniz says:

      Exactly! They want to be liked because then there isn’t any conflict, which they absolutely hate.

    • Jaded says:

      Yup. I’m a Libra and it’s more important for me to have a harmonious, tranquil atmosphere around me and I’m very susceptible to other people’s energies. If it’s good I’m good, it it’s bad, I can’t handle too much of it, it throws my equilibrium off.

  6. Aims says:

    I thought she was dating Evan Peters.

  7. Michael says:

    Her attitude is a bit iffy for me but I love her pipes. She does remind me of Pink 12 years ago. Always looking for a fight

  8. otaku fairy.... says:

    ‘On being questioned -“Are you a crazy, rambunctious bad girl, or are you an activist, political, fund-raising philanthropist?”: “Like, how f*cking immune are you to the human experience? Sometimes I want to have really good sex and sometimes I want to save the world, and sometimes I might try to do both in the same day!”

    This this THIS! More often than not, for girls those things are portrayed as being on opposite ends of a spectrum, to the point where there’s so little room for sexually immodest women to actually have flaws. It’s part of the patriarchy’s dehumanization process for girls and women. The flaws of ‘bad girl’s are ammunition for misogynistic abuse, as if they’re individually the only ones hurt when we participate in or encourage it.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      Hear, hear!

    • Jaded says:

      I love young women like her, Lily Singh, etc. who are so IMMENSELY truthful and talented, and sometimes it’s a truth a lot of men don’t want to hear because they fear it will emasculate them. Women’s power literally frightens them.

  9. BANANIE says:

    I’m not saying being properly medicated for bipolar disorder means that you never experience symptoms – not at all. But I would argue that it tamps down on “chaotic” energy. This makes me nervous that she doesn’t have a strict treatment regimen. Everyone’s struggle with mental illness is their own. I just hope she takes good care of herself.