Warning: This video describes sexual assault along with language.
It's also real life.
In this instagram caption she posted today. She talks about how she came to the words of the poem.
A lot of people don't know Halsey's life.
She used to be homeless. She has gone through so much to be where she is. But the point of the matter is that these actions of assault and force should not happen to anyone. No matter who you are.
It's crazy that it's taken this long for the issue to become seen but let's be real, it's not easy to talk about. But with many voices together, we become stronger. And seeing one woman speak up, it's encouraging for you to speak out your story.
I've always loved Halsey, from her talents, to the person she is.
I've watched this several times now and never stops captivating me as I see it shared and shared online.
Thank you for this.
*also Halsey's real name is Ashley. You can catch that in the series of names she reads at the end.
2 days ago I recited a poem I wrote called “A Story Like Mine” at the Women’s March in NYC. I was asked to give a speech and I panicked for days. I wasn’t sure where to start. The night before the march I penned this poem at 2 in the morning and the words spilled out of me like white water rushing down a river bend. I didn’t realize how emotional it would be for me to speak my truth but it was. And I’m so happy I did it. The support I’ve received since is overwhelming and it’s humbling and as a POET (which I always have been, songs or not) it was unbelievable to see people actually get the message. And terrifying and comforting and confusing to see how many had stories to share that reinforced the sentiment and the title. We have a long way to go. But I’m thankful we are united over this. I’ve included a link to the poem in my bio. Thank you.