Halsey has revealed the reason why she chose to change her name as a teenager, saying that it gave her the "opportunity to create a new persona," and become someone who would thrive in the music industry.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan US, the Closer singer revealed that she was actually called Ashley up until she was a teenager, but that during the process of recording her first album Badlands, she made the decision to change her name to Halsey.
"I think I had the foresight to know that being me wasn’t enough. I had to become somebody completely different," she told Cosmopolitan US. "At the time, I felt that Ashley didn’t deserve to be famous and successful because she wasn’t that special, but if I made Halsey, maybe she could be.
"[Changing my name] gave me the opportunity to create a new persona that wasn’t bound by the expectations I had for myself or the limitations that others placed on me because of my upbringing or my socioeconomic situation.
"I created a person, and she could do everything. There was no way that Ashley was going to become a king, but I made a new name for myself and took her to paranormal, supernatural heights."
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Elsewhere in the interview she also spoke about her rise to fame, saying it isn't as simple as people think.
"People hear about me and they want to paint my story as a rags to riches tale, but that's not true," she explained. "It was a very slow and painful process. When I look back on it, I’m so proud of that teenage girl who dropped [my first album] Badlands because I had all the odds against me. I didn’t know anybody in the music industry. I was from New Jersey. I had no f***ing money, and there was no way I was going to college."
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