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Halsey On Suffering Three Miscarriages And How 'Abortion Saved My Life’

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Halsey (real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) - who welcomed her first child last July with partner Alev Aydin has spoken in the past about a 2016 diagnosis of endometriosis and having suffered a miscarriage on stage while performing.

The 27-year-old singer has since opened up about miscarrying three times in total and how 'abortion saved my life’.

Speaking to Vogue, the 'You Should Be Sad' singer revealed: 'I miscarried three times before my 24th birthday. It seemed a cruel irony that I could get pregnant with ease but struggled to maintain a pregnancy.'

The entertainer went on to explain: 'One of my miscarriages required "aftercare", a gentle way of saying that I would need an abortion, because my body could not terminate the pregnancy completely on its own and I would risk going into sepsis without medical intervention.'

'During this procedure, I cried. I was afraid for myself and I was helpless.

'I was desperate to end the pregnancy that was threatening my life.'

The mother-of-one also talked about her stance on reproductive rights following the Supreme Court's decision to over Roe v. Wade, which had previously assured a constitutional right to abortion, since 1973, explaining: 'Many people have asked me if, since carrying a child to term after years of struggling to do so, I have reconsidered my stance on abortion. The answer is firmly no.'

Halsey added: 'In fact, I have never felt more strongly about it. My abortion saved my life and gave way for my son to have his.

'Every person deserves the right to choose when, if, and how they have this dangerous and life-altering experience.

'I will hold my son in one arm, and fight with all my might with the other.'

When confirming that she'd given birth to her first child, a son named Ender Ridley Aydin, Halsey shared two black and white photos - one of her cradling her newborn while in a hospital bed, with Aydin by her side.

Another was a shot of her breastfeeding.

She wrote in an accompanying caption: 'Gratitude. For the most "rare" and euphoric birth. Powered by love [sic].'

Earlier in July 2021, she shared her album cover for If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, which showed her holding a baby while on a throne and with one breast covered.

The singer wrote wrote: 'This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired.

'We have a long way to go with eradicating the social stigma around bodies & breastfeeding. I hope this can be a step in the right direction!'

It was during an appearance on daytime talk show The Doctors in 2018 that Halsey first spoke about the experience of miscarrying during a 2015 concert performance.

She said at the time: 'I was on tour, and I found out I was pregnant.

'Before I could really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future... the next thing I knew I was on stage miscarrying in the middle of my concert.'

In the same year, she spoke about freezing her eggs at just 23 and expressed her gratitude for having the freedom to do so.

She said: 'Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because I'm fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself.'

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