Halsey is bi-racial. She is of Italian, Hungarian, and Irish descent on her mother's side and African American on her father's side.
Growing up, Halsey learnt a portfolio of string instruments - violin, viola, and cello, before shifting gears when she was 14. "That wasn't cool anymore," she recalled to Billboard magazine. "I thought I was gonna be the next Alanis Morissette, so I bought myself an acoustic guitar."
Halsey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder around the age of 16 or 17. She told Elle: "The thing about having bipolar disorder, for me, is that I'm really empathetic. I feel everything around me so much. I feel when I walk past a homeless person, and I feel when my friend breaks up with someone, or I feel when my mom and my dad get into a fight and my mom's f--kin' crying over dishes in the sink."
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