Halsey's had quite the year. At the top of 2019, her wildly vulnerable "Without Me" became her first solo chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. The rawness (and success) kept pouring out, as the star unveiled the feminist angst single, "Nightmare," a few months later, followed by the heartbreaking "Graveyard."
On top of it all, she announced that her third album, Manic, would be arriving sometime next year. At an intimate "Evening With Halsey" at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Monday night (Sept. 23), the 24-year-old talked about how this upcoming album is a nod to her true self, the New Jersey native Ashley Nicolette Frangipane.
"The reason this album ended up becoming what it is, which is a very, very personal conversation," she explained. "It’s part of the reason I’ve been using a lot of Ashley talk in this album, because it does feel very much like a look behind the curtain in a way. A curtain I never intended to put up but it’s just kind of there, because I was young and scared of showing—I didn’t know who I was deeply so it was irresponsible for me to tell the whole world, ‘This is who I am!’ And the world is like, ‘You’re 21, no it’s not.’ I’m going to be 25 in a couple of days, which is terrifying because I still feel 19."