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.”
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 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?We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.