Singer Halsey has had a tough road to fame which not many know about. Apart from dealing with bipolar disorder, living on the streets and considering selling sex in return for money. Recently, at the Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend's Place gala in Los Angeles, Halsey recalled how she considered prostituting herself for the sake of money.
In her emotional speech, Halsey said, "When I was living in New York, I was a teenager. My friends were picking out decorations for their dorms, and I was debating on whether or not I should let a stranger inside of me so I could pay for my next meal. It wasn't because I did something bad. It wasn't because something was wrong with me, and it wasn't because my parents didn't love me—because they did very much. But a series of unfortunate circumstances lead me to be in that position, and it can happen to absolutely anyone."
Born as Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, in 2016, the singer told Rolling Stone that she was kicked out of her home when she was 19 by her parents. During her interview, she said, "bought a four-pack of Red Bull and used it to stay up overnight over the course of two or three days, because it was less dangerous to not sleep than it was to sleep somewhere random and maybe get raped or kidnapped."
Halsey further added the importance of helping homeless people after going back the memory lane about her own hardships. "I need you guys to realize that and while it's very exciting that I am a record-selling, show-playing pop star, when I tell people that story, they go, 'Oh my gosh, you went from being homeless to being a pop star, that's amazing, we should help these people because we don't know what they could become,'" she said. "Wrong. We shouldn't help us think because there's a chance that they could turn into a celebrity. We shouldn't help because they could really make something of themselves—because they are something right now."
The Without Me singer concluded her speech by saying, "I know better than anyone how important having a creative outlet is when you're in a time of need, but this is so much bigger than arts and crafts. This is life or death, and I hope that you take it very, very seriously. I really do."