Everything Halsey Has Ever Said About BTS

From their initial meeting at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards to their much-hyped collaboration on "Boys With Luv," we've rounded up everything we could find about Halsey & BTS.

Two years ago, then-rising pop star Halsey met K-pop’s biggest boy band, BTS -- and swiftly became one of its most vocal fans. On the eve of their first live performance together at the BBMAs, take a look at a famous friendship’s evolution.

May 21, 2017 - A friendship is born 

The start of it all. Halsey met BTS at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, where she told them their videos were "the coolest." The singer also gifted the group churros before they performed in front of an American audience for the first time.

Aug. 7, 2018 - Meet-up in South Korea 

One day after Halsey performed in Seoul as part of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour, the singer hung out with the legendary boy band and posted pictures on Instagram to prove it.

"You know there was no way I’d come all the way to Seoul without seeing these guys," the 24-year-old singer wrote in the post. "Can’t wait to see them play Staples Center!!! I’m HELLA proud."

 

That same day, the singer also responded to a reaction of the photo on Twitter, saying she is "so lucky to know them" and "they inspire me so much."

Aug. 11, 2018 - Halsey reveals her favorite BTS member

In an rapid-fire interview with MYX Philippines, Halsey was asked for her favorite member of BTS. Halsey replied, "Oh, that’s hard! I can’t pick one," before whispering "RM" into her mic.

March 9, 2019 - Response to a fan 

In response to a fan on Twitter who said "I like BTS," Halsey enthusiastically replied, "Me too!!!!!!!!"

March 27, 2019 - Halsey tweets about "Persona" trailer 

BTS unveiled their first trailer for Map of the Soul: Persona on March 27, featuring RM taking the spotlight to rap "Persona." Halsey was quick to show her support, promptly sharing the link on Twitter with the caption "joon. king."

April 7, 2019 - Teaser for "Boy With Luv" drops 

The 45-second teaser showed Halsey operating a ticket window, which she then leaves to find BTS under a bright neon sign labeled "Persona."

April 12, 2019 - Full-circle collaboration drop

Halsey calls it “my pink dream with my pink friends”; BTS simply calls it the video for “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, in which the fluorescent-pink-tressed singer contributes chorus vocals and joins the boys for some classic choreographed dance moves.

 

Amid the ensuing Army tweet-storm, Halsey calls the chorus “sooo addicting” and confesses she has “never done choreo in a video before” but that BTS “made me so comfy and gassed me up.” “Boy With Luv” becomes the most-viewed 24-hour debut in YouTube history, with 74.6 million views. A week later, it debuts at No. 8 on the Hot 100 -- the highest-charting K-pop song by a group of all time.

May 1, 2019 - The show where it all started

“Boy With Luv” comes to the BBMAs stage when BTS and Halsey perform live together for the first time. Peak friendship achieved!

Billboard Music Awards 2019

A version of this article originally appeared in the April 27 issue of Billboard.