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Singer Halsey has given an emotional insight into how grappling with her postpartum body, three months after giving birth to her son Ender.

After performing on Saturday Night Live, the new mum, whose real name is Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, said she was left confused by people’s comments on her body.

“I am posting this because no matter what I do people are going to talk about my body,” she wrote on Instagram. “I did SNL two nights ago and a lot of people were quick to say how good I looked. That was a weird feeling. My body has felt like a stranger’s for a long time. I uphold myself to honesty to the point of over sharing sometimes but this feels important.”

Halsey after pregnancy

As part of the post, Halsey shared a series of snaps, including her postpartum stretch marks.

“The first picture on this slide is days after my baby was already born. A lot of people don’t know that you still look pregnant for a while after. It is still changing and I am letting it. I have no interest in working out right now. I’m too tired and too busy playing with my darling son. With that being said, the body behind all those compliments the other night was wearing a custom tailored outfit and lighted perfectly after much testing, so I could feel good and do my job.

“I do not want to feed the Illusion that you’re meant to feel and look ‘great’ immediately postpartum. 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.”

Halsey postpartum body message

Halsey after baby

Halsey stretch marks

Postpartum stretch marks Halsey

Halsey said she’ll never have her ‘pre-baby body’ back, because she’s had a baby which has altered her emotionally, spiritually and physically.

“That change is permanent. And I don’t want to go back! But in the spirit of honesty, I’m really tired and not a superhuman and this is really hard. Doing my best to serve my art and my family whilst keeping it all so very real. Love.”

Halsey has been open about suffering a miscarriage on tour in 2015, and revealed in 2018 that she was freezing her eggs due to endometriosis.

How did you feel about your body after giving birth?

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  • After going through multiple miscarriages when I finally got my 2 boys, I don’t care what my body looks like. I’m proud of becoming a Mum. My body is testament to me of the miracle of giving birth.

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  • Your body is never the same, but it’s designed that way. I hate to think that any woman feels pressured to look like they did pre pregnancy.

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  • My body recovered very slowly after the birth.

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  • Since having my 2 kids I personally have lost more weight then what I was before having them but both times I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes so I had to watch what I ate, Because I got used to that way if eating I’ve continued it. I have large stretch marks but I birth 2 because children so i can’t expect my body to be perfect.

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  • I felt much better after giving birth as my shears urn, nausea, etc was gone, but I still felt gross with the extra fluid and weight I was carrying. Took a good 6+ months to feel normal again.

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  • Very brave. I think it’s important to feel comfortable with yourself.

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  • No matter what these celebrities say (I’ve never even heard of this woman) I really doubt they have it as tough as a normal run of the mill mum

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  • I had no problems with my PP body. I just created and birthed a small human…I felt powerful.

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  • I was too sick to be concerned about it for a long time. But I eventually went to Weight Watchers to deal with my extra weight. I also was confused by the way my body had changed – in different parts.

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  • I hate my post baby body, I struggle with it like crazy, but I know my baby journey isn’t over yet, so I am doing my best to keep it healthy so I can continue to nourish my baby and further children. I am trying to make my body fit and toned again but it’s not easy


    • Aw bless, hope you can see your body from a different perspective and learn to love it !

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  • I never knew about stretchmarks until my own pregnancy because celebrities never used to be so honest.

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  • Good for you Halsey, making it real. Great story helping new mums accept the changes are normal.

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  • Yeah, you need to be quite forgiving of yourself for a few months after birth.

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  • I still looked pregnant for the first month after giving birth too. Wasn’t long before I was actually pregnant again after giving birth though.

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  • Post birth your body still looks a bit pregnant indeed. I remember I was questioned if I was pregnant already again, which I found kind of confronting

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