Halsey Opens Up About Being ‘White Passing’

Halsey is opening up about the privilege she has being “white passing” as a biracial woman.

Halsey’s father is black and her mother is white, and yesterday she spoke out when a Twitter user accused her of “never claiming her black side.”

“I’m white passing. It’s not my place to say ‘we.’ It’s my place to help,” she wrote. “I am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it’d be an absolute disservice to say ‘we’ when I’m not susceptible to the same violence.”

This is a subject Halsey has spoken about previously.

In a 2017 interview with Playboy, she said, “I’m white-passing. I’ve accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about black culture that’s not mine,” adding, “I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I’m a black woman. So it’s been weird navigating that. When I was growing up I didn’t know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney.”

Such a nuanced conversation. Thanks for being so honest, Halsey.