Halsey Reflects On What Pregnancy Has Taught Her About Body Image And Gender

Olivia Blair
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From ELLE

Halsey has opened up about the lessons she is already learning during her current pregnancy.

In January, the 'Without Me' singer confirmed she is expecting a baby with partner Alev Aydin by way of a stunning colourful shoot, where she showed her prominent baby bump.

On February 18, the 26-year-old shared more photos to Instagram in a reflective post. Alongside pictures of food and images of herself, including a photo of Halsey enjoying the sunshine in a bikini with her visible baby bump, Halsey disclosed that she had been reflecting on her relationship with her body a lot during her pregnancy.

'I’ve been thinking lots about my body,' the star wrote. 'It’s strange to watch yourself change so quickly.'

Halsey also discussed how her expectations about how pregnancy would feel actually contrast with what she's experienced, explaining that in addition to reflections about her body it has also led her to unexpected realisations about gender.

'I thought pregnancy would give me very strong, binary feelings about “womanhood” but truly it has levelled my perception of gender entirely,' Halsey wrote. 'My sensitivity to my body has made me hyper aware of my humanness and that’s all. Doing a remarkable thing. And it’s grand. I hope the feeling lasts.'

Over the years, Halsey has been praised about her openness when it comes to her body and health. The singer has endometriosis, a poorly understood medical condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, according to the NHS. It can be extremely painful and debilitating for those living with it.

In 2018, Halsey said she had experienced 'three miscarriages, four surgeries [and is] pretty much in pain every day of my life'.

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

The singer has also candidly, and refreshingly, discussed her mental health and living with bipolar disorder, another poorly understood and stigmatised illness.

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