Halsey poses in a pink swimsuit on the cover of Playboy's Music Issue for September/October 2017, on newsstands August 29th. Here is what the 22-year-old singer told the mag:
On growing up biracial: "I'm half black. My dad managed a car dealership, wore a suit to work, had a nice watch, was always clean-shaven, handsome, played golf on the weekends. And people would come up to him like, 'Yo, brotha! What's up!' And my dad would be like, 'Hi....'... I'm white-passing. I've accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about black culture that's not mine. I'm proud to be in a biracial family, I'm proud of who I am, and I'm proud of my hair. One of my big jokes a long time ago was 'I look white, but I still have white boys in my life asking me why my nipples are brown.' Every now and then I experience these racial blips. I look like a white girl, but I don't feel like one. I'm a black woman. So it's been weird navigating that. When I was growing up I didn't know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney."
On handling the negativity constantly hurled at her: "When a society is inclined to get negative, that frequency spreads across everyone. Everyone's looking for a fight. There is a fight to fight, but some people are picking the wrong one and fighting people who are on their side. And everyone has become a detective."
On revealing her miscarriage to the press: "Every time I read a miscarriage story, it's about a happily married woman who loses a baby, and that's f**king terrible and I empathize, but I never read 'A 20-year-old girl who's scared and alone and single had a miscarriage.' And guess what - that happens all around the world every day. I wanted to say something about it because when I was going through it, I was f**king alone. I didn't know any artists I could have called and said, 'Hey, I know this happened to you. What should I do? Can I go back on tour? How long did it take for your hormones to realign?' I had no one to talk to."
On being the first woman to top the Billboard 200 chart in 2017: "A lot of this accolade sh*t is super arbitrary: "Halsey is the first girl with blue hair from New Jersey to...." It's exciting but also enraging, because I know a lot of women who put out better albums than me who deserve massive accolades, and I'm the one who had to break the seal."
Halsey released her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, in June.