Halsey gave a speech at a gala for the Ending Youth Homelessness benefit in LA on Saturday. During her speech, the singer opened up about being a homeless teen, and how she considered trading sex for money to eat. “When I was living in New York, I was a teenager. My friends were picking out decorations for their dorms, and I was debating on whether or not I should let a stranger inside of me so I could pay for my next meal,” she said.
“It wasn’t because I did something bad. It wasn’t because something was wrong with me, and it wasn’t because my parents didn’t love me — because they did very much,” she added. “But a series of unfortunate circumstances led me to be in that position, and it can happen to absolutely anyone.”
She went on to say,“We shouldn’t help these people because there’s a chance they could turn into a celebrity. We shouldn’t help because ‘They could make something of themselves!’ Because they are something right now.”
Halsey opened up to Rolling Stone back in 2016 about the dangers of being homeless at 19-years-old. “bought a four-pack of Red Bull and used it to stay up overnight over the course of two or three days, because it was less dangerous to not sleep than it was to sleep somewhere random and maybe get raped or kidnapped.”