In the era of “snapback culture,” when celebrities share pictures of idealized post-baby bodies, Halsey is determined to keep it real with their fans. Coming off the heels of an electrifying Saturday Night Live performance, the singer took to Instagram to share the truth of their postpartum body.
“I do not want to feed the illusion that you’re meant to feel and look ‘great’ immediately postpartum,” she wrote, reminding fans who were quick to praise her SNL look that “the body behind all those compliments the other night was wearing a custom tailored outfit and lighted perfectly after much testing.”
In July of this year, Halsey gave birth to their son, Edner Ridley. Since then, some fans have been speculating and commenting on the singer’s physical appearance.
“I did SNL two nights ago and a lot of people were quick to say how good I looked,” Halsey noted in their Instagram caption. “That was a weird feeling. My body has felt like a stranger’s for a long time.”
The Grammy-nominated artist went on to note how surreal it is to be on the receiving end of those comments, calling it a “confusing symptom of being in the public eye.” But recognizing that such scrutiny is unavoidable, Halsey noted that instead she wants to use her platform to “give you something real to talk about!”
Indeed, Halsey has no interest in appearing superhuman. Instead, they used their post to puncture the myth of the “snapback,” documenting across multiple slides the ways in which their body has been irreversibly marked by the experience of giving birth.
“I will never have my ‘pre baby body back’ no matter how it changes physically because I have now had a baby!” Halsey wrote, reminding fans of the obvious fact. “And that has altered me forever; emotionally, spiritually, and physically. That change is permanent.”
Nor is Halsey interested in trying to get as fit as possible to try to erase all evidence of recent childbirth. “I have no interest in working out right now,” they shared. “I’m too tired and too busy playing with my darling son.”
Halsey concluded with a message for any of her fans who are also parents.
“I do not want to feed the Illusion that you’re meant to feel and look ‘great’ immediately postpartum,” they wrote. “That is not my narrative currently. If you’ve been following me because you’re also a parent and you dig what I’m doing, please know I’m in your corner.”
In August, the 27-year-old singer released their highly anticipated fourth studio album titled If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, alongside an album film that is currently streaming on HBO Max. The project’s two lead singles “I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God” and “You Asked For This” have been further solidifying Halsey’s place in pop culture.
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