As if electro-pop singer Halsey’s pretty-in-pink Playboy cover wasn’t a pleasant enough surprise for her fans, the commentary on her racial identity and background turned out to be another jaw-dropper.
The “Castle” songstress arrived on the subject of cultural appropriation with the magazine, which she previously called out Iggy Azalea for when the former Grand Hustle Records artist was attempting a rap career. In a revelation that’s apparently fresh news to some of her fans, Halsey explained her experiences growing up as biracial with a Black father. She added that though she’s “white-passing,” she takes pride in her identity. She even mentioned the “racial blips” she often fell upon as a teenager, such as guys inquiring about the color of her nipples or her unnecessary need to choose one culture of music over another.
“I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one,” she explained. “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.”
Though she explained her issues with White America’s self-removal from racial issues, also known as the “it doesn’t affect me” complex, her self-proclamation as a Black woman comes at a rather interesting time in the nation’s racial climate.
And considering that she’s never claimed this status before, the internet is especially concerned about the timing.
Halsey: I don't feel like a white woman bc I have brown nipples and it's so hard— kayla 🌹ⓥ (@puzzyriot) August 16, 2017
Black women: we're being murdered bc of our skin color
Halsey being black is like that wax Beyoncé figure actually representing Beyoncé— Dimitri (@demzeo) August 17, 2017
am i the only one who didn't know halsey was black https://t.co/U6MwIg8yji— kennedy (@H0llyw00dSmile) August 16, 2017
halsey is not black. 1/4 black ≠ being black. i doubt y'all consider aa's w/ white ancestry white. stop making black ppl claim everyone. smh— conversational lush (@Hunilek) August 15, 2017
Is Halsey really saying she's black? pic.twitter.com/qjLqO8KhVQ— afonso (@afonstortion) August 16, 2017
halsey cant say nigga idc what her dna sayin— shereen (@delashereen) May 24, 2017
Is it just me or does Halsey try too hard to embrace the black side of her..........— nonbinary god (@hoestontexas) August 16, 2017
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