Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey , is an American singer-songwriter. Her stage name is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the New York City Subway in Brooklyn, and an anagram of her first name. Gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, Frangipane was signed by Astralwerks in 2014. She toured with acts such as The Kooks and Imagine Dragons to promote her debut extended play, Room 93 (2014). Her debut studio album, Badlands (2015), was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
- Four singles were released from the album, all of which achieved minor commercial success. Halsey achieved success with the release of “Closer” (2016), a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. The song topped the charts in major music markets. Her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), consisted of more “radio friendly” music than her prior releases. It became her first album to top the US Billboard 200. The album generated the single “Bad at Love”, which became her first top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. She embarked on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour to promote the record.
Halsey Life and career 1994–2014:
- Halsey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of seventeen, following a suicide attempt that led to a seventeen-day stint in a psychiatric hospital. She identified herself in 2015 as “tri-bi”: biracial, bisexual, and bipolar but has since distanced herself from the claim, saying she dislikes the term. Frangipane began posting videos to social media sites such as Tumblr and YouTube in 2012, including a parody of Taylor Swift’s song “I Knew You Were Trouble” (2012) inspired by Swift’s relationship with Harry Styles. She has admitted to recreational drug use beginning when she was seventeen, claiming she was an “unconventional child” in part due to her bipolar disorder. It was during this time that she began dating a man addicted to heroin. Upon finishing high school, Frangipane enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design, though opted to attend community college instead upon realizing she could not afford the tuition. She eventually dropped out of college, and as a result was kicked out of her home by her parents.
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