Halsey clarifies 'shady' comments about Harry Styles' songwriting abilities
19 August 2019, 14:54
Halsey defended Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in her original tweet.
Fans of Halsey will already know that the 24-year-old has an extensive history with Harry Styles. Before getting signed to her label, Capitol Records, Halsey rose to fame with her music on Tumblr and became known for a parody cover of Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' inspired by Taylor's relationship with Harry Styles. Since then she's always been a champion of Harry's talents.
However, this weekend (Aug 17), she received backlash from Harry Styles fans over a tweet and now, Halsey has asserted what she really meant by the tweet and cleared up any rumours of shade.
On Friday (Aug 16), Halsey responded to a tweet from a Harry Styles fan which used him to diss Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello.
The original tweet said: "Harry styles wrote sign of the times in 15 minutes" in response to Billboard tweeting: "How Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's 'Señorita' took eight songwriters and 15 months to become a hit." It seemed like the fan was trying to imply that Harry Styles was a better songwriter than Shawn and Camila.
Noticing the tweet, Halsey replied in defence of Shawn and Camila: "Yeah and there's 6 writers on it. stans always wanna be so loud. Every instrumentalist and producer is considered a songwriter so unless your favorite popstar is fluent in pro tools, everyone is writing with multiple people. This argument is based on a dated system."
Harry fans interpreted the tweet as shade towards Harry's songwriting abilities and started tweeting 'Halsey is cancelled'.
halsey is really tryna act like harry styles by harry styles wasn’t by harry styles.— 𝐭𝐚𝐲 ✰ (@ftdtonvinyl) August 16, 2019
not halsey trying to drag harry when she had a whole blog dedicated to him and wrote a SONG about him when she was 16 pic.twitter.com/88fDJGRQS8— sara (@hsIotfilm) August 16, 2019
halsey: compares a 6 minute rock ballad to a song that goes “i love it when you call me señorita” while trying to drag harry and harries— candi (@kissyimprint) August 16, 2019
also halsey: https://t.co/vCmHpFsRUh
Halsey is cancelled thanks in advance. pic.twitter.com/r1zJSFJIQo— harry is louis’s baby (@sbbisbaby) August 16, 2019
After the initial backlash, Halsey tweeted: "everyone is so Dumb." Then on Saturday (Aug 17), Halsey tweeted: "Can’t believe I’m even apologizing to harry styles stan twitter lol but, I was explaining why u can’t compare artists and their songwriting processes cause the credit system is outdated. I would never come for harry. He literally gave birth to me." [sic]
everyone is so Dumb.— h (@halsey) August 16, 2019
Can’t believe I’m even apologizing to harry styles stan twitter lol but, I was explaining why u can’t compare artists and their songwriting processes cause the credit system is outdated. I would never come for harry. He literally gave birth to me.— h (@halsey) August 17, 2019
Essentially, it's clear that Halsey meant no ill-will towards Harry with her tweets. All she did was point out that you can't quantify someone's artistry by how quickly they write songs or how many people they work with to create them.