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Halsey felt “defeated” speaking to disinterested crowd at Women’s March

She also discussed receiving backlash for her performance on ‘The Voice.’

October 14, 2019
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Halsey said she felt “defeated” after giving her moving speech at the 2018 Women’s March in New York. 

In case you forgot, during her speech, she was brave when speaking about her experience with sexual assault and a personal experience about accompanying a friend to an abortion clinic after she became pregnant as a result of rape. 

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The video of her speech has garnered thousands of views on YouTube and Halsey has received a ton of praise for her moving words. She shared the personal stories in the style of a poem she wrote. You can see a video of her speech below. 

Now, in an interview with The Times, she says in the moment, she felt “defeated” because no one was really paying attention to the intense story she was sharing. 

“When I did it, there were 2,000 people in front of me, and no one was listening or paying attention — if you watch it, there was barely even a cheer at the end. I felt defeated. I had written this poem, I thought it was going to matter,” she said. 

However, she said the impact her speech had online made her feel better about the experience. 

“I got on a plane straighter after, back from New York to LA, and when I landed, I turned my phone on,” she said. “The video had 10m views. I’m sitting at home reading about thousands of women’s experiences, which of course I’m absorbing, little empath girl. And that speech is still getting a response.” 

In the interview, she also talked about the backlash she received after she and Jade Chenoweth gave an intimate dance performance of “Without Me” on The Voice. 

“People were going, ‘What is this lesbian garbage on my TV?’” she said. “My phone number leaked, my email leaked. People were texting me things like, ‘I’m going to rape you straight.’ Heinous stuff.”

“Here’s what’s important, though — the young people sitting on the couch next to that angry dad, that angry mom, hearing them spewing hatred. The kid that’s scared to come out needs to see that on the TV,” she continued. 

Halsey and Chenoweth gave a similar performance during the Billboard Music Awards this year. You can see a video of that below. 

More news

Halsey recently dropped an intense video for her song “Graveyard” off her upcoming album Manic

The singer previously shared a time-lapse video of her painting to the song when she unveiled her album cover and name. 

Check out the official time-lapse music video for “Graveyard” below!

Then, Halsey shared the official music video for the track filled with neon carnival rides and a few supernatural occurrences. 

It starts off with Halsey drawing in her room late at night. Then, the girl she draws comes to life and they become inseparable.

The video stars Euphoria actress Sydney Sweeney, who also stars alongside Machine Gun Kelly and Pete Davidson in the film Big Time Adolescence. 

You can see the “Graveyard” video below. 

Manic will arrive Jan. 17, 2020. You can pre-save and preorder the 16-track album here. Bundles and merch can be purchased via Halsey’s website with each preorder receiving instant digital downloads of “Graveyard” and mega-hit “Without Me.”

Halsey also recently announced the first installment of the Manic world tour with Pale Waves as support. You can view the list of cities and dates for the first installment below.


02/06 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink
02/07 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sant Jordi Club
02/09 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Jahrhunderthalle
02/13 – Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
02/15 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
02/17 – Paris, France @ Dome De Paris
02/21 – Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
02/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
02/24 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Annexet
02/26 – Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
02/28 – Berlin, Germany @ Verti Music Hall
02/29 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith
03/02 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Samsung Hall
03/04 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
03/05 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Lotto Arena
03/07 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
03/08 – London, UK @ The O2
03/10 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
03/12 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena

What do you think of Halsey’s comments about her speech? Sound off in the comments down below!

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Written by Alex Darus