A Timeline of Halsey & Lauren Jauregui's Friendship, From 'Strangers' to Best Friends

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Lauren Jauregui (L) of Fifth Harmony and Halsey attend the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcast live on Turner's TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 5, 2017 in Inglewood, Calif.

Over the last year and a half, pop stars Halsey and Lauren Jauregui have blossomed from being two pop stars admiring one another from a distance to being each others’ “ride or die,” according to Halsey herself. Along with touring and performing together on a consistent basis, the two are regularly seen together and are constantly building each other up on social media.

But how did they get to become so close? Follow our timeline of the pair’s friendship below, starting with their initial collaboration on “Strangers” to today:

Nov. 18, 2016: Bi Bi Bi

While Jauregui and Halsey weren’t necessarily close friends when then-Fifth Harmony member Jauregui penned her fiery open letter to Trump supporters for Billboard back in November 2016, this moment would ultimately bring the two together. Along with railing against then-President-elect Trump’s racism, homophobia and xenophobia, Lauren dropped a simple line to accentuate her point and reveal her truth to those reading: “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.”

May 17, 2017: A Bisexual Love Song

As Halsey began to promote her upcoming album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in early 2017, she started dropping hints that she’d be working with Jauregui on the album. During an interview on The Zach Sang Show, Halsey revealed that the title of the song they’d collaborated on was called “Strangers,” and spoke on how it felt to be working with a fellow bisexual artist. “I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community,” she said. “It’s unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective.”

June 2, 2017: The Start of Something New

When Halsey released her sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, fans and critics praised her work for its raw authenticity, its unabashed queerness and for its strong Romeo and Juliet storyline. One song that most agreed was a highlight was “Strangers,” where Jauregui and Halsey reflect on their past abusive relationships, singing haunting lyrics like “She doesn't let me have control anymore/ I must've crossed a line, I must've lost my mind.”

October 12, 2017: On the Defense

Halsey has long been criticized for catering to specifically black audiences by reminding people that she is biracial, and her father is black. But when one fan tried to call Halsey out on this, Jauregui stepped in to defend her friend. “Yeah and she also is half black,” she said. “Like what's the point of adding that in?” When the fan went further to say that as a white-passing person, Halsey doesn’t get to claim her blackness, Jauregui ended the discussion. “Wrong again. She may be white passing, yes but that does not erase her genetic code lol take a seat please.”

March 26, 2018: On the Road Again

After putting out a successful new album, when Halsey decided to go on tour with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, she also decided to bring along her good friend Lauren as her opening act. Lending her talents to the Latin America leg of the tour, Jauregui performed new music, along with old Fifth Harmony favorites for the adoring crowds, and also joining Halsey on stage for their duet.

June 20, 2018: Boxing with a “Stranger”

Just a year after putting out her new album in its entirety, Halsey revealed to the world her video with Jauregui for their track “Strangers.” The two, playing ex-lovers Luna and Rosa, brutally duke it out in a boxing ring, with Halsey’s character eventually emerging victorious. The two each tweeted it out, expressing how proud they were of the work they’d done together.

August 21, 2018: VMAs, What’s Good?

While there were plenty of artists at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Halsey was not one of them. The singer said that she didn’t appreciate the way the VMAs seemed more focused on her looks than her music and didn’t grant her a nomination for her self-directed work. Jauregui chimed in online to support her friend. “Halsey deserved at the very least a nomination last night,” she wrote on Twitter. “Consistently directed her own videos this entire era. Not to mention her attention to detail stringing them into a story.” Halsey tweeted back at her thanking her for the support and for making a “kick ass” video with her.

October 25, 2018: Meeting High “Expectations”

After a somewhat dramatic split from Fifth Harmony earlier in 2018, Jauregui finally released her first solo single “Expectations” in October. Upon the release of the song, Halsey was quick to show her BFF how proud she was of her. “Lauren is so special because best friend or not, her music would still be exactly what I need in the moment and it gives me goosebumps,” she wrote on Twitter about the new track. “It’s just even better that I’m lucky enough to know and love her.”

November 2, 2018: Love & Lingerie

Halsey announced earlier this month that she would be getting the opportunity to perform at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, an honor for any artist. The only person who seemed to be more excited than Halsey herself was Jauregui, who simply tweeted “OMGGGG BITCH YESSSSSS” in response to her friend’s announcement.

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