Today, we’ll be exploring another celebrity with bipolar disorder. This series has become extremely popular over the last few months because it shows how living with bipolar does not limit your success in life. You can achieve a great level of success if you learn how to manage bipolar successfully. I’ve been a true believer in this philosophy, and that your only limitation is you. Every limitation is a barrier created in our minds, and learning how to control limiting beliefs will change your life. This is no more evident than when reading about celebrities who have achieved popularity, financial freedom, and stability by not letting anything slow them down – especially bipolar disorder.
Today, we’ll be exploring Halsey whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane. She was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 16-17, then went through financial difficulties for a certain period afterward. Halsey’s passion for music became her way out; allowing her to manage bipolar disorder, and expressing her thoughts through the music she wrote.
Before we continue,
Halsey – Singer, and Songwriter
Halsey was born as Ashley Frangipane in Clark, New Jersey on September 29, 1994. She showed tremendous musical talent at an early age playing the violin, viola, and cello, then finally moving onto the acoustic guitar when she was 14. She grew up all over New Jersey and attended 6 schools by the time she was a teenager. Halsey is known to use the phrase “tri-bi” (biracial, bisexual, and bipolar) to identify herself.
She started her career on YouTube posting cover songs using her real name. She recorded a parody of Taylor Swifts song – I knew You Were Trouble in 2012. She called the parody “The Haylor Song”, and in 2014, Halsey recorded a song called Ghost which she posted on SoundCloud (an online distribution platform). The popularity of this song led to her signing with Astralwerks Records leading to her debut album; an EP titled Room 93 on October 27, 2014. In 2015, Halsey announced during an interview with Billboard that she has already started writing material for her second album.
In 2017, Halsey collaborated with the Chainsmokers on the single “Closer”. This song helped skyrocketed her career since it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Halsey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 16-17. In an interview with Elle.com, she talked openly about her battle with hereditary bipolar disorder. She specifically wanted to talk to Elle.com about her bipolar diagnosis to dispel any misconceptions people have about mental illness. She stated the following –
“It just kind of feels right to say it here, so I’m going to go ahead: I have bipolar disorder. I’ve never talked about that in an interview before. I never brought it up. A lot of people I work with probably don’t know it. I think this a good time to talk about it. It’s just like, I was diagnosed when I was 16 or 17. My mom has it, too.” – Elle.com
Halsey strongly believes bipolar disorder gave her the freedom to become the women she is today. It has given her a different level of appreciate for life, and others living with a mental illness. For example, she said the following –
“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 fuckin’ crying over dishes in the sink.” – Elle.com
Halsey is a role model for other people with a mental illness –
“you know, someone reaches out with a mental illness or someone reaches out who is, you know, a feminist. I just like to be the in-between role model—the one I didn’t have growing up” – Elle.com
Halsey’s music is awesome and I’m a huge fan listening to it while working out. It’s inspirational knowing someone with bipolar can go on to accomplish great things. To me, her story reiterates that your only limitation is “you”, and you can conquer anything even if you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness. I hope you use this story as motivation to keep pushing forward, dream big, and know nothing can hold you back. Use every day as a learning experience, and find ways to better yourself going forward.
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