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Halsey Covers 'Playboy,' Talks About Growing Up Biracial

Halsey Covers 'Playboy,' Talks About Growing Up Biracial

Halsey poses in a pink swimsuit on the cover of Playboy‘s Music Issue for September/October 2017, on newsstands August 29.

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.”

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