If there is one artist Halsey would never work with, it's rapper Iggy Azalea. The pop singer revealed her true, callous feelings about the Australian rapper to the Guardian on Thursday.
"There’s a lot of people I wouldn't put on my record," Halsey, who released her second album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in June, said. "Iggy Azalea: absolutely not. She had a complete disregard for black culture. Fucking moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me."
Although she called out Iggy Azalea, Halsey later caught flack from her fans for defending rapper Quavo in the interview.
Halsey told the Guardian:
I think he's misunderstood. Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I'm pretty good at it, that doesn't mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct. I don't think he’s inherently homophobic, I think he's in a tough place of trying to explain what he means. I agree his apology was bullshit but I can’t police everybody.
The Atlanta rapper, part of hip-hop trio Migos, was accused of making homophobic comments about rapper Makonnen in the February issue of Rolling Stone.
Soon after the interview was released, Migos issued an apology via Twitter. But the accusations resurfaced again in May when the group reportedly refused to perform with drag queens during Katy Perry's Saturday Night Live performance.
Halsey's comments were disappointing for some fans as she is bisexual and an advocate for queer visibility in her music. The 22-year-old also teamed up with openly queer artist Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony for "Strangers." During an interview with Zach Sang in May, Halsey deemed the track, "a love song for the LGBT community."
Halsey later explained on Twitter that she did not know about Quavo's comments during the recording process of her album. The rapper is featured on the track "Lie."
Halsey explaining her comments on this serious issue is important here, especially to her LGBTQ fans. Meanwhile, many will be on the lookout for a possible Iggy Azalea clapback against Halsey in the near future.
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