Taylor Swift has hailed Halsey for their “artistry” and “commitment to taking risks”.
The ‘Shake It Off’ hitmaker has heaped praise on the ‘Without Me’ hitmaker’s latest studio album, ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’, which is a concept record about “mortality and everlasting love”.
Taylor, 31, tweeted: “I’m blown away by @halsey’s artistry and commitment to taking risks. Giving us all a brave new era to dive into and explore together. If I can’t have love, I want power is out now- please stream and buy the album!! ()”
Halsey replied: “Thank you T, means so so much.”
Taylor supporting the album comes after the 26-year-old singer – who welcomed their first child, Ender Ridley, with boyfriend Alev Aydin into the world in July – insisted the LP is not a “girl power” album.
Halsey recently explained how people expected them to make a collection of songs full of “girlishness” because they were pregnant while making it, but from the off, they wanted to make clear that “I’m not a woman”, which is why the lead single is called ‘I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God’.
She said: “That juxtaposition was really intentional because I think there’s this through-line as well of kind of archetypal femininity, you know what I mean? Which is why everyone’s like, ‘Oh, it’s like this is a girl power album’, and I’m like, ‘No, it’s not.’ Also, not for nothing, but the lead single is ‘I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God’. It’s not a girl power album. From Jump, I’m like, ‘I’m not a woman,’ you know what I mean? I’m not saying any of that. There’s no girl power in this album. There’s actually no … And that’s another thing too, right? Being pregnant, writing this album, people are expecting girlishness, you know what I mean? And any time where I ever talk about womanhood, motherhood, femininity, I’m usually talking about it with a taste in my mouth, you know what I mean? Like go be a big girl, a girl is a gun, all I can taste is the blood in my mouth … All those moments where I am touching on those things are like … I think it probably can be experienced in that way, for some people, because the fact that I made it at all and the way that I made it is kind of like a girl power statement, but the record itself, I guess, it’s not that. And so using those sweeter vocal performances were kind of essential.”