Halsey opens up about her struggle to validate her bisexuality and why she's giving back to the community
Although she was not physically present to accept the award due to her being in Europe, she did share a heartfelt acceptance message through a video for all her fans
Halsey is finally ready to talk about the struggles she faced after coming out as bisexual.
The singer was recently honored with the Outstanding Music Artist award at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards, which took place in New York on Saturday.
Although she was not physically present to accept the award due to her being in Europe, she did share a heartfelt acceptance message through a video for all her fans.
“I spent the past year and the year before that working really hard to be a better representative of the LGBT community,” said Halsey, who has been always been open about her own sexuality ever since she rose to fame in 2015.
“I’m a young, bisexual woman, and I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself — to my friends, to my family, to myself — trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase; it’s not part of some confusion that’s going to change or could be manipulated,” she explained in the GLAAD video.
She later added, “So I tried really hard to find the courage this year to write female pronouns into my music.”
The 23-year-old also utilized the platform to advocate for homeless youth services, and said, “It’s estimated that up to 40 percent of homeless youth are minors who are part of the LGBT community.”
She continued, “Many of them have been ostracized from their families and from their communities because of people who don’t agree with their lifestyle. This means that they a harder time getting access to health care, to legal services, to education, to mental health services, which makes it all the more difficult for them.”
Halsey isn't the only singer who has come up and spoken about being bisexual. Janelle Monae, who recently came out as pansexual herself, has penned down a song called 'Make Me Feel' in her new album, titled Dirty Computer, which has now been dubbed as an anthem for the LGBTQ community.
As for Halsey, apart from dealing with struggles related to her sexuality, the singer has been having a lot of biological problems as well.
She had previously spoken about her plans to freeze her eggs since she suffers from a medical complication called endometriosis.
"Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because I'm fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself."
The Grammy-nominated singer also recalled the time when she miscarried on stage, and how it was a truly harrowing experience for her, leading her to the decision of freezing her eggs.
"Before I could even really figure out what that (pregnancy) meant to me and what that meant for my future, for my career, for my life for my relationship… The next thing I know I was onstage miscarrying in the middle of my concert," Halsey shared.
"The sensation of looking a couple hundred teenagers in the face while you're bleeding through your clothes and still having to do the show," she continued. "Realizing at that moment I never want to make that choice ever again of doing what I love or not being able to because of this disease. So I put my foot down and I got really aggressive about seeking treatment."