Halsey Talks "Pressure" of Being Endometriosis Hero
The singer also spoke to THR about the significance of voicing Wonder Woman in the upcoming animated DC heroes movie 'Teen Titans Go!'
It’s been more two years since Halsey bravely opened up about her battle with endometriosis. Since sharing her health struggles with fans in a January 2016 tweet, the 23-year-old singer-songwriter has used her platform to advocate for those who also suffer from the debilitating disease.
She was honored for her efforts on Monday at the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s ninth annual Blossom Ball in New York City, where she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that there's “a lot of pressure” associated with being considered a hero by the endo community. However, she has learned to embrace her unexpected role as a spokesperson for other patients.
“Being a musician, you kind of get elected as a spokesperson for a lot of things even if you don’t necessarily mean to. Endometriosis is really a patient-to-patient basis. My experience is not the same as all of my fans who deal with endometriosis,” the pop star, who has had to cancel concert dates in the past due to excruciating pain, said. “It’s different for everyone. I can only speak on my own experience, but I like to at least think that I’m showing them that I can still get up and get on stage and do what I love despite [having endometriosis].”
Halsey is also hoping to inspire fans as she gears up to voice Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated film Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, which hits theaters on July 27. According to the two-time Grammy nominee, she is looking forward to making a statement about inclusivity in Hollywood with her portrayal of the feminist icon.
“I really can’t ask for anything more than getting to be Wonder Woman. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I also really love doing voice work. It’s really fun for me,” she said. “Being a superhero right now [is significant], especially with the Black Panther movie coming out and what that symbolizes for a lot of people who are finally getting to see an image of themselves on a screen that they can relate to.”
Halsey — who, throughout her career, has been transparent about her bipolar disorder and being bisexual — added, “It’s really important for a lot of my fans getting to hear a Wonder Woman who’s from New Jersey, who is ill and mentally ill, part of the LGBT community and just out here being like, ‘Hey, I can still be Wonder Woman, too. And so can you.’”
Another topic of the night was Cynthia Nixon’s recent announcement that she is running for governor of New York. Former New York Governor David Paterson, who served as a chair on the Blossom Ball’s honorary committee, offered the Sex and the City alum some advice while speaking to THR and other reporters.
“I think that it’s a big state. And there are a lot of different interests in the state. And you have to respect them all,” the politician — who served as governor from 2008 to 2010 — said. “And you also have to respect the fact the current governor [Andrew Cuomo] has already been elected two times.”
Whether Nixon defeats Cuomo or not, Paterson believes she has what it takes to make the jump from acting to politics. “To be fair to her, on the Upper West Side, which was my district, she got involved in a lot of education issues and a lot of childcare issues,” he noted. “So it’s not like she’s just a celebrity. She’s done a lot of work.”