Halsey went from small-town New Jersey to international pop star after the release of hit collaboration Closer. The Chainsmokers-led track, released in 2016, spent an impressive 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Before the pop hit’s release, Halsey had moderate success with her debut album, Badlands. The 10-track project debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, but failed to produce a popular single.
However, following the success of Closer, Halsey’s career took off. Her second effort, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, was the number one album in the country upon its release. Halsey also landed her first solo top 10 hit when “Bad At Love” peaked at number five on the Hot 100.
Throughout her career, Halsey has spoken out about struggles with her mental health. She previously revealed to Rolling Stone that she had been hospitalized twice since the start of her career. Now the entertainer has made another sad statement about her time in the music industry.
Halsey thinks her career is ‘suffocating’
Singer Halsey is open about the challenges of a career in the public eye. The singer took to Instagram days before her 28th birthday and revealed that despite her success, she often feels lonely. “I find there’s often a deep sadness within me that no worldly pleasure can touch, a loneliness, an emptiness,” she wrote on her Instagram Story (via Page Six). “I often wonder if I chose the wrong life for myself. And the weight of it is suffocating.” She continued by reflecting on her “new life,” which she said has been in constant flux since she was 18.
This isn’t the first time the “Without Me” singer has taken a conscious break from her public life. Ahead of the birth of her son Ender in 2021, the hit star took a social media hiatus as she wanted to avoid added stress. “The consequences of allowing social media to stress me out or cause me grief [were too high]she told Zane Lowe on New Music Daily on Apple Music 1 (via ET). “It’s not just me anymore that’s affected. There is a very different person whose nervous system is affected by my condition. So I kind of had to make that choice.”