The bisexual singer and LGBT+ activist Halsey has spoken out about her struggles with bipolar disorder, admitting that she has been committed to a psychiatric unit twice.
Halsey has frequently used her platform to discuss difficult issues, including last year when she revealed she suffered from chronic endometriosis which caused her to have a miscarriage on stage.
And earlier this month she paid tribute to the lesbians who were attacked on a bus in London by wearing a T-shirt with a photo of the couple on the front and the words “f*** your straight pride” on the back.
But until recently, the 24-year-old singer had not revealed the full extent of her mental health problems.
“I’m not ashamed of talking about it now. It’s been my choice.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Halsey was brutally honest about her bipolar disorder, which she was diagnosed with aged 17 after a suicide attempt.
“I’ve been committed twice since [I became] Halsey and no one’s known about it,” she told the magazine.
“But I’m not ashamed of talking about it now. It’s been my choice. I’ve said to [my manager], ‘Hey, I’m not going to do anything bad right now but I’m getting to the point where I’m scared that I might, so I need to go figure this out.’ It’s still happening in my body. I just know when to get in front of it.”
Halsey on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine
The album she’s currently writing is the first she’s ever done while in a manic period, but she assures fans that her mental health is in control. In fact, she says her career success has been a stabilising influence, “because it makes me accountable.”
Halsey reasons that she doesn’t see being committed as a problem, but rather as a way of responsibly dealing with one.
“I’ve said to [my manager], ‘Hey, I’m not going to do anything bad right now, but I’m getting to the point where I’m scared that I might, so I need to go figure this out.’ It’s still happening in my body. I just know when to get in front of it.”