The “Without Me” singer appears on the upcoming cover of Glamour and discusses her reasons for keeping the breakup to herself at the time, instead of announcing it to the world.
“The biggest lesson I learned was to make art, not headlines,” she says. “Because it can become quite easy, in the social media generation, to go from being a musician to becoming a personality.”
Instead of taking it public (like their first breakup), Halsey decided to take her real-life situation and turn it into art.
“I call myself a collector; I collect things from people and use them to widen my artistic repertoire so that I am writing from a culmination of experiences from the world,” she adds. “But I’m an imitator as well, because I’m so passionately putting myself in other people’s shoes all the time.”
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But being that way hasn’t always been easy for the 24-year-old.
“I beat myself up for a long time,” she says. “I was like, You’re f*cking spineless. Why do you have to become everyone you’re around? Why do you have to imitate all of their interests, all of their fucking mannerisms, and their personality? Why can’t you just know who the fuck you are and be strong in that? But I realized that will never happen. So instead I started surrounding myself with people I admire and really like.”
As The Blast reported, the duo split for the second time in October just two months after reconciling following a very public breakup. At the time, Halsey stated, “G-Eazy and I are taking some time apart. I’m eager to continue the upcoming passage of time dedicating myself to my art and career, and the duration of my tour.”
Tying in her single “Without Me” and her split, she adds, “I’ve written a lot of inward music so far—it‘s been a reflection of me, my mental health, my experience. Then as my voice and my problems started to grow, it was like, OK, I can put this into my art. I think moving forward into this [next] record, it will be more outwardly existential, as opposed to introspective.”
And while her second try with G-Eazy didn’t work out, one relationship Halsey is confident in is the one she’s created with other female artists, including her good friend Ariana Grande.
“I will say one thing about my generation of artists: We are just not fucking having it,” Halsey tells Glamour. “Lorde, Ariana…if you open any of our text messages at any given time, all of us are just like, ‘Yo, I love your new record. When are you leaving for tour?’ We’re so supportive.”