It appears as though Halsey is NOT cool for the summer.
The openly bisexual singer-songwriter recently appeared on the cover of Paper, and talked queer representation in pop music. After discussing her new single “Strangers” — featuring Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, who also identifies as bisexual — Halsey was asked how she felt about straight female vocalists singing about bi-curiosity and experimental same-sex hook-ups.
“Oh, yeah. Bisexuality as a taboo. ‘Don’t tell your mom’ or ‘We shouldn’t do this’ or ‘This feels so wrong but it’s so right.'”
The 22-year-old seemed to be referencing lyrics from Demi Lovato’s “Cool For The Summer” (don’t tell your mother / kiss one another) and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” (it felt so wrong / it felt so right / don’t mean I’m in love tonight).
She went on say “that narrative is so f**king damaging to bisexuality and its place in society. That’s something I’ve had to fight my whole life and something I still fight. I still see people on the internet saying ‘Of course, Halsey says she’s bisexual. It’ll help her sell albums.'”
Her comments didn’t go unnoticed by Demi, who took to Twitter to seemingly hit back at Halsey:
Throughout the promotion of her latest LP, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” — the first album by a female artist to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017 — Halsey hasn’t shied away from making controversial comments.
In a separate interview with The Guardian, she called out rapper Iggy Azalea for being a “f**king moron” due to the Australian’s “complete disregard for black culture.” Halsey also defended her collaboration with Migos member Quavo, who has made homophobic remarks in the past regarding rapper iLoveMakonnen coming out, calling the support for the latter’s sexuality “f**ked up” in Rolling Stone.
“Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I’m pretty good at it, that doesn’t mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct. I don’t think he’s inherently homophobic, I think he’s in a tough place of trying to explain what he means. I agree his apology was bulls**t but I can’t police everybody.”