Halsey And Lauren Jauregui Nailed Why Their LGBTQ Love Song Is Important

2 June 2017, 12:23 | Updated: 19 November 2018, 14:29

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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

"We're unapologetic about who we are"

After months of waiting, Halsey's second album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom has finally dropped today (2 Jun) and, honestly, it might be our favourite record of the year so far. 

A couple of weeks ago in the run up to the album, Halsey dropped 'Strangers', a duet with 5H's Lauren Jauregui. It was pretty clear from the start that this song was very special, as it's one of the few mainstream LGBTQ love songs that actually features two queer ladies on the track (both Halsey and Lauren identify as bisexual). 

When Halsey stopped by The Zach Sang Show not long ago, she spoke about the significance of the song to her. "I just love that Lauren and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBTQ community. It's unheard of. It's very rare to see it from a female perspective." And now Lauren has opened up about why the song is so important to her too.

"It's a whole space that no one's ever really touched upon before, and I feel like representation in music is so important", Lauren told Elle magazine. "And reality-wise, we've both been in the situation before with different people, so it's cool to have that representation." 

"I think what's cool about both Ashley and I: We're unapologetic about who we are. We're making art, and we're making stuff we believe in. If people buy it, that's great, but we don't do it for the commodity purpose of it. We want to just make music that impacts people—we don't really care about the rest. People are excited about how revolutionary it is, and they're so excited to be given a piece of music they feel represented in. Two powerful women making art together is always really cool I'm excited to see how people ingest it and receive it."

Amen to that.