Column: Halsey’s pregnancy is meaningful

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez

At approximately 11 a.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, Jan. 27, singer-songwriter Halsey announced that she is pregnant with screenwriter Alev Aydin’s baby. I, for one, could not be happier for the lovely couple.

Having been a fan of Halsey since I was a 14-year-old girl, it has been amazing seeing her grow into the woman and artist she is today. And yes, that means I was one of those kids who obsessively used Tumblr and wanted to fit into the grunge aesthetic so bad.

But that is not the point. The point is that Halsey is with child, and I am very excited to see her take her journey into parenthood. In fact, seeing the Instagram post in which she announced the big news made me tear up a little.

If you have not kept up with the life of Halsey, you may be wondering why this is such a big deal to me, and the reason why is because Halsey has struggled to get pregnant in the past.

The “Be Kind” singer has endometriosis, an incredibly painful chronic illness in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus. With endometriosis, the tissue can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the intestines, causing cysts and irritating other tissue. Symptoms cause severe menstrual pain, pain during sex, and fertility issues.

Back in 2016, she revealed during a Rolling Stone interview that she had become pregnant in 2015, but suffered a miscarriage directly ahead of a show. She performed anyway, spending the whole performance feeling angry and guilty for losing her baby.

She even has a song in her third album, “Manic,” called “More,” in which she is candid about her struggles with her fertility issues and reproductive health. In this song, she sings the lyrics “Feelin’ so incomplete / Wonder will we ever meet,” sharing how heartbreaking it is for her to have lost a child.

She wanted to be a mother so bad, and despite the fact that her condition made it hard for her to do so, she still kept trying. And now she has finally done it!

She will finally be able to hold the baby she sang “And nothing could stop me from giving a try / I’ve loved you for all of my life” for in her arms. Ashley Nicolette Frangipane is pregnant, and I am sure she will make a great mother.

 

Kyara Morales-Rodriguez is a junior English major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]