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Several attendees at a Halsey concert in Phoenix last weekend reportedly left when the singer started voicing her pro-choice views.
“Here in Arizona, you guys got to promise me that you’re going to do that work so that the person to the left and right of you has that right for the rest of their lives. If you don’t like it, you can go home right now — I don’t care,” the “Without Me” singer said between songs about the right to an abortion, reportedly prompting several people to do just that, according to the Los Angeles Times and Billboard.
She also reportedly led fans in a “my body, my choice” chant.
A concertgoer later tweeted, “THE number OF PEOPLE WHO JUST WALKED OUT OF THE HALSEY CONCERT AFTER NIGHTMARE WHEN SHE SPOKE ABOUT ABORTION WAS SICKENING.”
Halsey attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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Halsey didn’t seem deterred, however. She retweeted it, writing, “downside of doing outdoor venues: no door to hit them on the way out.”
The singer has previously been outspoken on abortion rights.
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Alev Aydin and Halsey attend the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California.
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“I have been advocating for abortion, reproductive rights, and bodily integrity for as long as I’ve had a platform, and I’m running out of ways to word and frame the severity of the impact that fundamentalism has on our country,” she tweeted on Friday, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
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A person who claimed on Twitter she had left the concert early said it wasn’t because she disagreed with the singer’s speech.
“I waited for the whole show for her to perform that (song) and give her speech and left after because I have a five-hour drive home and wanted to beat traffic leaving the venue,” she wrote. “Not everyone left because of what she said. It was my favorite part of the show, lol.”
The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe V. Wade on Friday, June 24.
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Another commenter stood up for the fans who stood up and left.
“People attend concerts to enjoy the performers’ music, not unexpectedly get lectured on political or social issues that clash with their beliefs,” he wrote. “Just because other patrons disagree with you doesn’t make them bad people…… This mindset is ultimately going to destroy us.”
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Halsey also said in her speech she once had an abortion that “saved” her life and that she had also struggled with infertility before her baby was born.
She and her boyfriend, Alev Aydin, have a 1-year-old child.