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Why Halsey Chose Lauren Jauregui to Be a Part of a Trailblazing LGBTQ Love Song

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Lauren Jauregui‘s decision to come out as bisexual at the end of last year made major waves, but it was definitely not the first time a young female singer was open about liking both men and women. Ashley Frangipane, better known as Halsey to most, is another openly bi crooner who constantly fights for equality for all. While the 22-year-old has always been proud of her sexuality, her songs often stuck to classic heterosexual storylines, or slightly ~mysterious~ themes that didn’t specify gender. For her upcoming album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, however, the “Now or Never” singer decided to do something that’s basically “unheard of” in mainstream pop music — a LGBTQ+ love song from the female perspective.

While Halsey knew “Strangers” would be a groundbreaking track, she felt that “something wasn’t right [and] something was not believable.” And that’s where the 20-year-old came in.

The New Jersey native explained on Zach Sang’s radio show, “I was thinking to myself, ‘If I want this song to be believable it needs to be real. So I’m not going to put a girl on this song to sing who is straight. I’m just not going to do it.’ So I reached out to Lauren, she came in and cut the vocal and it sounds awesome. Our voices sound really cool together because we both have really raspy voices. Mine is a little more delicate than hers. Hers is really powerful and big and raspy and mine is light and raspy.”

The ladies’ duet will tell the story of two women meeting and basically falling in love at first site.

“I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community,” Halsey continued. “It’s rare to see it from a girl’s perspective.”

We cannot wait to hear the song when HFK comes out on June 2!

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