American singer songwriter Halsey has delivered a poignant speech in which she details the moment she almost turned to sex work as a homeless teenager.
Halsey, appearing as a guest at the Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place, addressed the audience at the Hollywood event on Saturday night and pleaded for change.
“The reality is that this epidemic is deadly,” she began her speech. “It’s more than young people needing validation and needing people to listen to them. It’s more than identity. It’s more than hope. This is life or death.”
She added: “When I was living in New York, I was a teenager. My friends were picking out decorations for their dorms and I was debating on whether or not I should let a stranger inside of me so I could pay for my next meal. It wasn’t because I did something bad, it wasn’t because something was wrong with me, and it wasn’t because my parents didn’t love me, because they did very much.
“A series of unfortunate circumstances led me to being in that position, and it could happen to absolutely anyone.”