Halsey spoke on the trials and tribulations she experienced for becoming a giant star, and admitted she almost resorted to prostitution to help pay the bills.
The “Without Me” singer was asked to give the keynote speech at the Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place in Los Angeles gala over the weekend.
While speaking on her experiences of being a homeless teenager in NYC, Halsey said she debated, “whether or not I should let a stranger inside of me so I could pay for my next meal.”
Halsey said her circumstances weren’t because she wasn’t loved by her family, “But a series of unfortunate circumstances led me to be in that position, and it can happen to absolutely anyone.”
Luckily she scored a meeting with Capitol Music Group’s Jeremy Vuernick during her most desperate of times, and the rest is history.
My Friend’s Place is a non-profit that assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. The gala on Saturday was sponsored by many local businesses, including the app, Squabble, founded by law professor Michael Egenthal which allows users to settle small claims disputes with each other, rather than filing a lawsuit in court.