Halsey wants to make sure there's no mistaking that the song "Strangers," her collaboration with Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui, is about two women longing for one another. In the first verse alone, she uses the female pronoun four times, once in every line, making it impossible to miss, skim over or interpret as anything other than what it was meant to be: a strong, unapologetic acknowledgement of lesbian and bisexual women.
By normalizing a same-sex relationship beyond what happens in the bedroom, this track is anything but familiar. Even so, it wouldn't feel out of place on any Spotify playlist filled with other tracks about love. They’re not trying to be sexy. They’re not trying to turn men on with the imagery of two women being together. They’re not doing it for show. They’re simply singing about the end of a relationship the way that any other musician would, not licking their lips at the idea of making out with a friend at a pool party on a dare.