What’s in a name? Singer Halsey chose to respond to that concern for herself.
In a brand-new interview with Cosmopolitan, the “Be Kind” vocalist, born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, opened about the genuine factor she began utilizing a phase name.
“People hear about me and they want to paint my story as a rags to riches tale, but that’s not true. It was a very slow and painful process,” she shared. “When I reflect on it, I’m so pleased with that teenage woman who dropped [my first album] Badlands due to the fact that I had all the chances versus me. I didn’t understand anyone in the music market. I was from New Jersey. I had no f–king cash, and there was no chance I was going to college.”
The 26-year-old LGBTQ+ activist, who just recently launched a book of poetry, I Would Leave Me If I Could, continued, “Me wanting to do this was so far fetched, and the fact that I changed my name in the process—I think I had the foresight to know that being me wasn’t enough. I had to become somebody completely different. At the time, I felt that Ashley didn’t deserve to be famous and successful because she wasn’t that special, but if I made Halsey, maybe she could be.”