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21 July 2020, 10:02
Halsey has been open about her personal struggles with bipolar disorder in the past.
However, Halsey has asked fans to put their ‘personal opinions’ aside and refrain from making ‘offensive remarks’ which ‘vilify people with mental illness’.
She said: “No jokes right now. I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder and I’m so disturbed by what I’m seeing. Personal opinions about someone aside, a manic episode isn’t a joke. If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence.
A lot of people you know probably have bipolar disorder and you aren’t aware of it. Taking this opportunity to make offensive remarks and villify people with mental illnesses is really not the way to go...this is the exact triggering shit that causes people to keep quiet about it— h (@halsey) July 21, 2020
“A lot of people you know probably have bipolar disorder and you aren’t aware of it. Taking this opportunity to make offensive remarks and villify people with mental illnesses is really not the way to go... this is the exact triggering sh*t that causes people to keep quiet about it.
“You can hate someone’s actions or opinions without contributing to stigma that damages an entire community of sometimes vulnerable people all for a couple of laughs.
“If you wanna think someone is an a**hole, go ahead. Lots of people with mental illnesses are great. Lots of them are a**holes. Because they are people. With nuanced personalities. But making jokes specifically targeted towards bipolar hurts more than the 1 person ur angry with.
“Sincerely, Human Being with a Decade Long Bipolar Diagnosis.”
Halsey confirmed she had bipolar in a 2015 interview with Elle and she’s been open about it ever since.
She told the publication: "It just kind of feels right to say it here, so I'm going to go ahead: I have bipolar disorder. I've never talked about that in an interview before. I never brought it up. A lot of people I work with probably don't know it. I think this a good time to talk about it. It's just like, I was diagnosed when I was 16 or 17. My mom has it, too.”