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Halsey Gets Honest About Body Post-Pregnancy

The singer posted a series of photos after their “SNL” performance.

This has been a big year for singer Halsey. They released a new album entitled If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, which they worked on with Trent Reznor, and released an accompanying film on HBO Max. They also have been open about their gender identity discoveries, and officially changed their pronouns to she/they. And: they welcomed their first child with partner Alev Aydin in July.

This Saturday, Halsey also was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, making this their first live performance since having her baby. They received a lot of positive comments on their post-baby body. However, Halsey was not a fan of all the comments. In response, the singer posted a series of post-baby photos on Instagram, detailing their feelings on their body. 

They captioned the photo series, "It is confusing symptom of being in the public eye so rather than complain I am going to give you something real to talk about! I did SNL two nights ago and a lot of people were quick to say how good I looked. That was a weird feeling. My body has felt like a stranger's for a long time. I uphold myself to honesty to the point of over sharing sometimes but this feels important." 

They revealed that they haven't gone back to exercising yet saying, "A lot of people don't know that you still look pregnant for a while after. It is still changing and I am letting it. I have no interest in working out right now. I'm too tired and too busy playing with my darling son."

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The singer also revealed that their baby-body was determined by the outfit they wore for the performance. "With that being said, the body behind all those compliments the other night was wearing a custom tailored outfit and lighted perfectly after much testing, so I could feel good and do my job."

Halsey finished the caption stating that they do not want to feed into the narrative that new parents have to immediately lose the weight from pregnancy, especially celebrities. "I do not want to feed the Illusion that you're meant to feel and look "great" immediately postpartum…I will never have my" pre-baby body back" no matter how it changes physically because I have now had a baby! And that has altered me forever; emotionally, spiritually, and physically. That change is permanent. And I don't want to go back! But In the spirit of honesty, I'm really tired and not a superhuman and this is really hard. Doing my best to serve my art and my family whilst keeping it all so very real."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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