Halsey is emphatically done with hiding or playing off her painful, years-long struggle with endometriosis.
The 23-year-old singer, whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, spoke candidly about her battle with the common yet painful disorder while being honored at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s ninth annual Blossom Ball on Monday night in New York.
“I can’t pretend anymore that just because I’m a pop artist and I’m touring that everything’s perfect and everything’s all good and my skin’s always great and I’m fit and my outfits are always perfect,” she said.
She went on to talk about the day-to-day impact of the disease and its effect on her self-esteem. “In the process of having everyone pick me apart and feeling so insecure, feeling less of a woman because I couldn’t be intimate with my boyfriend, because I couldn’t go out when my friends wanted me to, because I was dealing with digestion problems and bleeding problems and fainting and all of the other amazing things that come along with having endo. It was really hard to feel like that confident, 20-something year old girl who wanted to get on the stage with her middle finger held high and make everyone sing along with her.”
Halsey also stresses that she has recently had successful procedures to mitigate some of endometriosis’ effects, but her words ring true about awareness and prevention of a difficult disorder.
You can watch the video below and read her full speech via the Endometriosis Foundation of America.