Just last week on November 10, Halsey debuted her poetry book, I Would Leave Me If I Could, and this morning, November 19, she woke up to discover those collection of poems has led her to become a New York Times Best Selling Author.
Halsey took to Instagram to share her disbelief. Accompanied by a throwback pic of little Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, she wrote, “I woke up to discover that I am a New York Times Best Selling Author. I am kind of in shock. Accolades are sometimes based on weird algorithms and viral hits and luck. But sometimes they are based on a true human connection to the art.”
Halsey continued commemorating the honor by expressing her immense gratitude, “The tiny girl who learned all her life lessons in novels, propped up on her elbows with a flashlight at night, thanks you. The teenager distracted through all her high school classes, writing short stories about great loves and world adventures, thanks you. The 20 year old huddled over her phone in her notes app, crying silently through a moment of weakness on the 200th airplane that year, thanks you. 26 year old me who has often seen my art populate because of a pretty outfit or a dating rumor, thanks you.”
Halsey has never been one to play coy when it comes to sharing intimate details of her life. Whether that’s talking about sex, miscarriage, or her struggles with bipolar disorder, she’s not afraid to be vulnerable and she keeps it real. And what’s written within the book’s pages, is no different.
Halsey concluded her tribute by doing exactly that, keeping it real with both honesty and transparency, “This is faceless. I am not sexy, or loud, or charismatic for this art. I am sad, and frustrated with myself, and trying to decide which memories scald me the least to touch. Or perhaps which ones do the most. This is for you to find yourself in. I hope in your loneliness or sorrow you find a mirror in here. I hope you find a loving embrace. And if you don’t, I hope you at least think the cover looks pretty cool. Love always, Ash.”
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