Bisexual singer Halsey has opened up about the problematic way bisexuality is often portrayed in pop music, suggesting that singers like Demi Lovato and Katy Perry exploit it to sell records.

“There’s bi-phobia from the straight community and from the LGBT community. There’s a lack of acceptance,” the 22-year-old singer explained to Paper. “It happens in TV all the time when people write bisexual characters as going through a phase or struggling with something. It’s part of some mental breakdown or rebellion storyline, and that just sucks.”

She went on to say that this problem isn’t just confined to TV, but also to pop music, which she described as “really ostracizing.”

“It’s just a shame that it’s so hard for marginalized or minority people to get the same pop music experience as people who are heterosexual or generally part of the majority,” she said. “They deserve the same pop music experience.”

To provide this experience for her LGBT fans, Halsey penned “Strangers,” an explicitly same-sex love song featuring fellow bi pop star Lauren Jauregui. The track, as the interviewer pointed out, differs from other “queer” pop songs, which are usually “sung by straight women… and [are] more about experimental hookups.”

“Oh, yeah. Bisexuality as a taboo,” Halsey agreed. “’Don’t tell your mom’ or ’We shouldn’t do this’ or ’This feels so wrong but it’s so right.’”

“That narrative is so fucking damaging to bisexuality and its place in society. That’s something I’ve had to fight my whole life and something I still fight.”

While the singer didn’t drop any names, fans noticed that the lyrics seemed to make direct reference to Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer” and Katy Perry’s 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl.”

Lovato also noticed and tweeted out a pretty shady message to Halsey over the supposed burn: “You know a song is a hit when people are still talking about the lyrics two years later.”

Though some fans appreciated the clapback, others suggested that the tweet missed the point of what Halsey was trying to say.

 

Halsey has yet to respond to Lovato’s shady subtweet.

 

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