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Halsey on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album: "I look at it more as a blueprint of the way my life used to be"

Halsey on the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album: "I look at it more as a blueprint of the way my life used to be"

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Text: Adibah Isa

Before Halsey's concert in Singapore as part of the Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour, we catch up with the American pop star over email for a quick update

Making the album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, must have been a cathartic process. What's it like performing it, day in day out? Do you listen to it with a critical lens? Talk me through it.
I look at it more as a blueprint of the way my life used to be and I analyse it to see the way I've grown. I'm very proud of performing and listening to Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

By the nature of Singapore's multi-racial make-up, a lot of Singaporeans are of mixed heritage, with many people describing themselves as having "the best of both worlds". How has your bi-racialness shaped you as a person, and most importantly, as an artist?

It has made me adaptable. It has made me appreciate many different perspectives in life.

There's so much focus on being a person's best authentic self these days. How have you ensured authenticity in your career so far?
It's important to stay myself because the music industry changes people so quickly. My fans deserve the best, most real version of me.

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When do you stop being Ashley and start being Halsey?
I start being Halsey the second I hit the stage or the studio. Halsey just serves as a storyteller for Ashley.

You've helped a lot of fans go through their own issues of bisexuality and mental health. When you were growing up, did you look up to anyone influential when dealing with your own personal issues?
Lady Gaga, because she's always taught people to be unapologetically themselves.

What are your self-care rituals or routines?
Massages, facials, catching up on sleep.

Lastly, how would you like to be remembered?
I would like people to say that I always kept people guessing and that I always stayed true to myself.

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Halsey's 'Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour Singapore 2018' takes place on 8 August, 8pm at The Star Theatre. Tickets at apactix.com or call 3158-8588 .

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