Ashley Nicolette Frangipane (/ˌfrændʒɪˈpɑːni/ FRAN-jih-PAH-nee;[Note 1] born September 29, 1994), known professionally as Halsey (/ˈhɔːlzi/ HAWL-zee), is an American singer and songwriter. Gaining attention from self-released music on social media platforms, she was signed by Astralwerks in 2014 and released her debut EP, Room 93, later that year.
Halsey’s debut studio album, Badlands (2015), was certified platinum, along with four of its singles. In 2016, she rose to stronger prominence as a featured vocalist on The Chainsmokers‘ single “Closer“, which topped the charts of over fifteen countries and was later certified Diamond in the US. Her second studio album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (2017), consisted of more “radio friendly” music than her previous releases. It topped the Billboard 200 and featured two US top-20 singles: “Now or Never” and “Bad at Love“. Halsey’s third studio album, Manic, was released in 2020. Its lead single, “Without Me“, became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist.
Halsey has sold 22 million records in the US alone, based on certifications alone. Her awards and nominations include four Billboard Music Awards, one GLAAD Media Award, a Guinness World Record, a MTV Video Music Award and a Grammy Award nomination. Halsey is noted for her distinctive singing voice, and her music is usually based on her personal experiences. Outside of her career, she has been involved in suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault victim advocacy.
In 2017, she began dating American rapper G-Eazy. They met at a party in 2017 and although they pursued different music, they found common ground for their collaboration “Him & I“, which discussed their love and lifestyle. The couple broke up in July 2018; their relationship was off and on again until September when the relationship was officially over. Halsey confirmed in a 2019 interview with Glamour that her October 2018 single “Without Me” is partially about their relationship.
She began dating English alternative rock musician Yungblud in November 2018. They met at a bar in Los Angeles which remains a secret, they discussed different topics including music, and ended up collaborating on “11 Minutes“, and were rumored to be in a romantic relationship. Halsey first confirmed their relationship in an interview with Capital FM in March and celebrated his birthday in August. In September they broke up.