Halsey was honored this weekend at Ending Youth Homelessness, a benefit for the nonprofit and homeless youth center My Friend’s Place, and she opened up about the time she herself was homeless in New York City, revealing she was so desperate she considered resorting to prostitution in order to survive.
“When I was living in New York, I was a teenager,” she said. “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 added, “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. But a series of unfortunate circumstances lead me to be in that position and it can happen to absolutely anyone.”
While things eventually worked out for Halsey, she doesn’t want folks to help the homeless because there may one day be someone like her who'll become a star. “While it’s very exciting that I am a record-selling, show-playing pop star, when I tell people that story, they go, ‘Oh, my gosh, you went from being homeless to being a pop star — that’s amazing. We should help these people because we don’t know what they could become!,’” she shared. “Wrong! We shouldn’t help because we think there’s a chance they could turn into a celebrity. We shouldn’t help because they could really make something of themselves because they are something right now!”
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