Earlier this year, Grammy-nominated singer Halsey revealed they go by she/they pronouns. “The inclusion of ‘they,’ in addition to ‘she,’ feels most authentic to me,” they said at the time.
That pronoun update was included in Allure’s August 2021 cover story on Halsey that just dropped last week. However, Halsey was not happy about the use (or lack thereof) of pronouns, and took to Twitter to express their anger and hurt.
In a series of now-deleted tweets on July 20th, Halsey slammed the magazine for luring them into a false sense of security when they already feel misrepresented by the press.
“First your writer made a focal point in my cover story my pronouns and you guys deliberately disrespected them by not using them in the article," Halsey wrote.
“Then your admin bastardized a quote where I discuss the privilege of being the white child of a Black parent and intentionally used a portion that was the antithesis of the point I was trying to make," she continued.
“All of this ironically on the tails of an article where I give your author the intimate admission that I hate doing press because I get exploited and misquoted. Do f***ing better…?"
Halsey then ended the series of tweets hinting that after this experience, they will no longer be doing press.
“#NoMorePress,” she tweeted. “Goodbye.”
Allure has since responded on Twitter, acknowledging they messed up and have edited the piece to properly reflect Halsey’s pronouns.
“We’ve heard your feedback and you’re absolutely right: we messed up. We are adjusting our cover story with Halsey to use both “she” and “they” pronouns,” the magazine tweeted.
Halsey is quoted in the article as expressing their reticence to do press because of the possibility of their words getting twisted. “I don't do press anymore," she said. "I just don't translate very well in print. Even saying this is going to get me in trouble. I already know that it is."
"I think sometimes [with] women who are articulate, people read it as pretentious," she added.
Elsewhere in the cover story, Halsey also explains the in-between position they find themselves in being half Black and half white, yet having the privilege to pass as white in society. However, they acknowledge they don’t face the extreme disadvantages or violence that “phenotypically Black” people face.
“No matter how many tears I've shed because I’m not connecting with my family or my culture in a way that I would like to, or because the waitress thinks I'm the babysitter when I go out with my family," Halsey is quoted as saying. "None of that would compare to the tears that I would shed for presenting phenotypically Black and the disadvantages and the violence that I would face because of that."
In March, Halsey explained in their Instagram Stories why they updated their pronouns, according to Buzzfeed.
“For those asking RE: my updated Instagram bio, I am happy with either pronouns,” Halsey wrote on their Instagram Story, according to the outlet.
“If you know me at all you know what it means to me to express this outwardly,” they added. “Thanks for being the best.”
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