Real name: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane
Why she changed it: The singer took her stage name from a street in Brooklyn, Halsey Street, where her friend used to live. Halsey spent a lot of time there composing music, so it seemed like a fitting stage name. Plus, Halsey is an anagram of Ashley!
In a 2020 interview with around the worldHalsey also revealed that she never felt good enough growing up in poverty, and her birth name is a constant reminder of that.
So she seized the “opportunity to create a new personality” as she embarked on a musical career and thus Halsey was born.
“I think I had the foresight to know that just being me isn’t enough,” the singer said around the world. “I had to be a completely different person. At the time, I felt Ashley didn’t deserve to be famous and successful because she wasn’t so special, but if I did Halsey, maybe she could be like that, too. so.”
It was in 2015 that she released her debut album Badlandsdebuted at number two on the Billboard 200 in the US.