Halsey Opens Up About Motherhood and Music

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| LAST UPDATE 12/03/2021

By Jessica Lopez
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Halsey may be bad at love, but she's excellent at multitasking. It's been quite the year for the I'm Not a Woman, I'm a God singer. As 2021 kicked off, she announced that she was expecting her first child - all while preparing her latest album. Here's what she had to say about penning and producing her 4th studio album (which also happens to highlight her journey to motherhood.)

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For starters, If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power is the musician's fourth studio album and was produced by the dynamic duo behind Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Halsey recently sat down with NME to discuss the project, which dropped this past summer - about a month after she became a mom. As she put it, the music was "a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth." Halsey also chose to depict that same journey on her cover art, which saw her in the role of Mary, mother of Jesus.

"The most important thing to me is that this album has tension — it needs to be visceral, or I'm doing a disservice to the message," the new mother told NME.  The accompanying film, which shares the same title, was directed by American filmmaker Colin Tilley, who previously directed Halsey's music videos for Without Me and You Should Be Sad. Featuring music from the album, the one-hour movie premiered on IMAX before making its way into cinemas and HBO Max.

“I’ve wanted to do a film for an album since [debut album] Badlands but, to be frank, I haven’t had the financial resources to do it,” Halsey explained. “I was almost method acting my album, which I think is super douche-y but is what was happening.”

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From motherhood to sharing perhaps her most vulnerable art yet, we couldn't be prouder of Halsey! Check out her album on Spotify. And of course, stay tuned for more updates.