Halsey Reveals She Attempted Suicide At 17 — Says Performing Live ‘Keeps Me From Killing Myself’


Halsey tells all.

The 21-year-old singer opened up about her teenage suicide attempt, dating history, and rise to fame in her extremely candid new interview with Billboard.

The New Americana songstress said she had a difficult time growing up in her public high school as she felt misunderstood. When she was just 17-years-old, the New Jersey native was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and placed in a psychiatric hospital after attempted suicide:

“I had tried to kill myself. I was an adolescent; I didn’t know what I was doing. Because I was 17, I was still in a children’s ward. Which was terrifying. I was in there with 9-year-olds who had tried to kill themselves.”

She added:

“There was no TV, no music, no nothing. The day I got out of the hospital I was in the car and I was listening to Imagine Dragons. It was a f*cking moment for me. I don’t think I realized how important music was to me before that. Three years later, I was opening their U.S. arena tour.”

What an incredible turn of events!

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Following high school, the openly bisexual rising star made the move to NYC for a year:

“I was following a boy. I was 17. He was 23, and he had a really serious heroin addiction.”

But now, Halsey has an on-and-off relationship with the executive producer of her Badlands album, Lido (Peder Losnegard).

She claimed her love of live performance keeps her going:

“I could be having the worst day of my life, hate my body, think I’m fat, think I suck, and as soon as I hear the first few notes of my intro, that all goes away. Everything that I hate about myself goes away when I walk onstage. That’s why I cling to it so much ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ it keeps me from killing myself.”


Switching gears, Halsey also commented on that sexually-charged Today performance with her friend Justin Bieber:

“It was a f*cking train wreck. You don’t know fear until it’s 7 a.m. and freezing cold on live television and you’re not sure if Justin Bieber is going to kiss you or not.”


[Image via Billboard.]

Mar 11, 2016 11:10am PDT

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