Halsey – The End

Halsey’s minimalist new track “The End” will leave you pondering all of life’s uncomfortable questions. But that’s not the purpose of “The End” because if love can save Halsey despite a sad diagnosis from doctors, then there’s a lot to be hopeful for. It’s the first tease to what will be Halsey’s fifth studio album, and well, let’s just say it got dark real quick.

We’ve always known that Halsey has a knack for writing about gritty subjects, and this time she spared no detail. “Every couple of years now, a doctor says I’m sick / Pulls out a brand new bag of tricks / And then they lay it on me / And at first, it was my brain, then a skeleton in pain,” she sings in the first verse, her voice gentle and unhurried like she’s reading lines from a long lost diary.

Halsey has always shared her battles with bipolar disorder, endometriosis, and others with fans. Recently, she shared a five-post carousal on Instagram highlighting the pain that inspired her upcoming record.

In one slide where we see her running her hands up and down her legs to soothe pain, she says, “I feel like an old lady. I told myself I’m giving myself two more years to be sick. At 30, I’m having a rebirth and I’m not gonna be sick and I’m gonna look super hot and have so much energy and just get to re-do my twenties in my thirties.”

Another slide sees her give fans a sneak peek at her first day of treatment. She details staying in hospital rooms longer than she’d like with tears in her eyes. This is something she expertly touches on in the song because it’s easy to feel like damaged goods when you’re not functioning at peak health and it just feels like you’re a drag on the ones you love the most.

When I met him, I thought I was damaged goods / From a real bad neighborhood / So we wrestled in the mud / And I told him he could stay right where he stood,” she sings in the pre-chorus of the acoustic song.

Halsey has often spoken about her romance with actor Avan Jogia and how it’s helped her reach a more stable place mentally.

“There’s so much I’m going to reveal on this record, but you need to know some of the story first,” Halsey continued. “So before the chaos and confetti of big singles and album releases, I just need to tell you, my friend, why it all matters this time.”