Touted as one of the most compelling voices of her generation, the Grammy Award–nominated, platinum-selling musician Halsey merited the prestige of becoming a New York Times Bestselling Author after baring her visceral soul through written words in her debut collection of poetry, I Would Leave Me If I Could.
Published earlier this month by Simon and Schuster, I Would Leave Me If I Could: A Collection of Poetry currently ranks No. 2 on the New York Times’ hardcover fiction list. Her introduction as an author finds the artist explore the highs and lows of doomed relationships, family ties, sexuality, and the nuances of mental illness through never-before-seen autobiographical poems.
To commemorate the feat, the artist took to Twitter to express her surprise. “Accolades are sometimes based on weird algorithms and viral hits and luck,” she wrote. “But sometimes they are based on a true human connection to the art.”
“The tiny girl who learned all her life lessons in novels, propped up on her elbows with a flashlight at night, thanks you,” the singer continued. “The teenager distracted through all her high school classes, writing short stories about great loves and world adventures, thanks you. The 20-year-old huddled over her phone in her notes app, crying silently through a moment of weakness on the 200th airplane that year, thanks you. 26-year-old me who has often seen my art populate because of a pretty outfit or a dating rumor, thanks you.”
She added, “This is faceless. I am not sexy, or loud, or charismatic for this art. I am sad, and frustrated with myself, and trying to decide which memories scald me the least to touch. Or perhaps which ones do the most. This is for you to find yourself in.”