Halsey’s new album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom doesn’t shy away when it comes to reflecting real-life relationships. The album’s song ‘Strangers’ especially examines the dreadful numb feeling that you have for someone you used to care about. Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony helps Halsey form the story. “This is the first song that I ever wrote where I openly used female pronouns,” Halsey recently revealed to Zach Sang, adding that she tried to keep her previous LP gender neutral.
“If I want this song to be believable it needs to be real, so I’m not going to put a girl on the song to sing who’s straight,” Halsey explained. “I’m just not going to do it. So I reached out to Lauren and she came in and she cut the vocal and it sounds awesome.”
Due to this reason Jaregui was the perfect fit, as she came out as bisexual last November. Each song off Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tells a small part of a bigger story, where ‘Strangers’ tackles what happens when Halsey’s and Jauregui’s characters meet at a house party.
“I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community,” Halsey said. “It’s unheard of. It’s very rare to see it from a female perspective. … Sam Smith obviously made waves making records that were so human and so amazing and emotional that it didn’t matter what your sexuality was, you just identified with what he was singing. That’s kind of what I wanted to do with ‘Strangers.'”
Hearing the song, it turns out Halsey and Lauren’s voices are a perfect match.
To learn more about Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’s origin story, watch Halsey’s full interview below: