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Halsey Opens Up About Her Biracial Struggles And What It’s Like Passing As White

In an in-depth interview with Playboy magazine, Halsey details her experience of growing up biracial but “passing” for white.  The 22 year-old-old New Jersey native discusses what it’s like feeling that you live in an in-between space – neither here, nor there.

She states, “I’m white-passing. I’ve accepted that about myself and have not tried to control anything about black culture that’s not mine […] I’m proud to be in a biracial family, I’m proud of who I am, and I’m proud of my hair.” This self-love and acceptance is definitely something we can all get behind.

She says that every once in a while she experiences “racial blips” and reveals, “I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I’m a black woman.”

She talks about how this has been challenging for her, especially as she got older stating, “When I was growing up I didn’t know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney'”.

Halsey claims that when people found out her dad is black, they changed their attitude towards her.

Speaking about her dad, Halsey says, “I’m half black. My dad managed a car dealership, wore a suit to work, had a nice watch, was always clean-shaven, handsome, played golf on the weekends.”

She adds that while she’s with her dad “…people would come up to him like Yo, brotha! What’s up! And my dad would be like, Hi.…”

Earlier this summer, Halsey shared an Instagram post celebrating her father on Father’s Day.

In the post, she says, “Happy Father’s Day to the man who made me who I am. From living room karaoke performances to talking smack in the audience at the Grammys”.

In the interview, she also provided her point of view on white privilege and the concept of white guilt, saying, “White guilt is funny, but this is a really hard time for white allies. People don’t want to do too much but want to do enough”.

She also admits her privilege and the fact that she is in an environment that’s much more sheltered and tolerant.

Of her surroundings, she says, “In my bubble of Los Angeles I’m surrounded by a lot of good people with a lot of good intentions…”

She continues, “But as I learned in this past election, my bubble is just a small fraction of how this country operates.” 

She speaks on the countries divisions stating, “That is ultimately my greatest frustration with the public perception of any sort of activism: the mentality of Well, it’s not affecting me. Open your [expletive] eyes.”

Halsey’s full interview is available in full on the Playboy website and her issue will hit the stands on August 26th.


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