Hours before Halsey was set to take the stage at Glastonbury on Friday, the singer caused controversy with her LGBTQ fanbase for making controversial comments in a recent Guardian interview.
Published on Thursday, Halsey appeared to defend collaborator and rapper, Quavo, who made homophobic remarks in a Rolling Stone interview in February of this year.
“I think he’s misunderstood,” she told the Guardian. “Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I’m pretty good at that, 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.”
She adds, “I agree his apology was bulls**t, but I can’t police everyone.”
After receiving considerable backlash for her comments, the New Jersey-born singer took to social media early Friday morning to clarify her statements.
The “Now or Never” singer went on to apologize for her “misjudgment” and thanked her fans for their outspoken nature.
Adding additional fuel to the fire, the Guardian interview also saw Halsey hit at rapper Iggy Azalea, dubbing the “Fancy” hitmaker a “f***ing moron.”
“There’s a lot of people I wouldn’t put on my record,” she told the news outlet about protecting her image. “There’s a lot of people I wouldn’t put on my record. Iggy Azalea: absolutely not.”
Halsey continues, bashing the controversial star even further: “She had a complete disregard for black culture. F***ing moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me.”
But Halsey didn’t stop at Iggy Azalea alone. When touching upon her future in the music business, the star takes another hit at all pop stars and their egos. “Ultimately, I’m going to end up a songwriter. I don’t think I’m going to be an artist for ever,” she adds. “People who do it have a sick masochism.”
“Yeah, it’s a bit weird to bring someone up in an interview that you weren’t asked about. It’s kind of like if we were talking right now and I just randomly started talking about Janet Jackson or something,” Azalea said. “To me, because I’m a famous person and I know a lot of the time people have opinions and they’re not always accurate, I really try very hard not to give my personal opinions about people that I don’t know. I don’t know her, I’ve never met her.”
“I thought it was a bit of a strange thing to throw that out there,” she said. “She’s young and I hope she learns maybe to be a bit less judgmental when she’s kind of in the same shoes. I’m sure she’s getting judged all the time as well by people who don’t really know her. Maybe it’d be good for her to try to be a little more empathetic to other people that are in the same situation.”
Azalea reportedly said more, which is not on the audio posted to the radio station’s website. “I think she got asked a question and she felt uncomfortable with, for whatever reason she brought me up and felt like that was a good deflection,” she added. “I don’t think it worked… I don’t really think I had anything to do with it. It was a weird thing to bring me in to it.”