Singer and songwriter Ashley Nicolette Frangipane aka Halsey, who's stage name is a reference to the Halsey Street station of the NYC subway in Brooklyn, makes her Playboy magazine debut for the September/October 2017 Music Issue.

Highlighted from the magazine is Playboy's infamous 20Qs segment, where she answers questions from every topic such as race, reproductive freedom, her new album, and how she emotionally invests in her fans.

Here are a few takeaways from the interview.

...on being the first woman to top the Billboard 200 chart in 2017.

"A lot of this accolade shit is super arbitrary: “Halsey is the first girl with blue hair from New Jersey to.…” It’s exciting but also enraging, because I know a lot of women who put out better albums than me who deserve massive accolades, and I’m the one who had to break the seal."

...does her unusually close connection to fans make it hard for her to maintain romantic relationships.

"I learned a while ago to keep that part separate. I’ve dated people no one knows about. I’ve managed to keep them to myself, going through a breakup and not having it be on the fucking internet. I’m always in a position of dominance in my relationships, and a lot of people have had a hard time dealing with that. I think because I’m so dominant in my main life, in my intimate life I want to be in a position of submission. I want to be taken care of since I’m taking care of everybody else all the time. But I’m a fucking 22-year-old female CEO of a company; I can’t do all that all day and then come home to some person and be like, “Okay, now treat me like I’m a delicate little flower.""

..on growing up biracial.

"I’m half black. My dad managed a car dealership, wore a suit to work, had a nice watch, was always clean-shaven, handsome, played golf on the weekends. And people would come up to him like, “Yo, brotha! What’s up!” And my dad would be like, “Hi.…”"

...using her platform to raise awareness about social issues, by going to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and donated $100,000 to Planned Parenthood earlier this year.

"The negativity around Planned Parenthood was crazy: “That’s not your money. Someone’s using you as a front to donate it.” “Whenever celebrities say they’re donating money, they never really are; it’s a company.” No. I charged it to my personal Amex card. And the second-biggest response was “Why Planned Parenthood? Why not the ACLU? Why not LGBT causes? Why not blah blah blah?” I’ve got to fight one battle at a time."

...revealing her miscarriage to the press.

"Every time I read a miscarriage story, it’s about a happily married woman who loses a baby, and that’s fucking terrible and I empathize, but I never read “A 20-year-old girl who’s scared and alone and single had a miscarriage.” And guess what—that happens all around the world every day. I wanted to say something about it because when I was going through it, I was fucking alone. I didn’t know any artists I could have called and said, “Hey, I know this happened to you. What should I do? Can I go back on tour? How long did it take for your hormones to realign?” I had no one to talk to."

You can read the interview in its entirety here, as Playboy’s September/October 2017 issue priced at $5.99 USD, is now available for download below.

The issue also includes features with Jhené Aiko, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa, indie artist and fashion trendsetter Børns, and The War on Drugs’ frontman Adam Granduciel on breathing new life into rock and roll.

Moreover, this issue’s heritage piece uncovers the history of Hugh Hefner’s music label, Playboy Records, in going vinyl.

The issue hits newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Also, NYC menswear fixture Mordechai Rubinstein shoots street style for “Short for Magazine” 003.

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