Halsey has risen to prominence in the music industry, but she never forgets to acknowledge those who have influenced her.
According to Page Six, while performing at the Hollywood Bowl for the “We Can Survive” event in Los Angeles over the weekend, the singer-songwriter credited Alanis Morrissette as the inspiration for their “greatest f-k you” songs.
Halsey, who uses she/they pronounced, said:
“[Alanis taught me] my whole life how to write the be f-k you songs of all time. I think without her f-k you songs, I probably wouldn’t have written what was the biggest song of my career so far.”
The 28-year-old singer began singing “Without Me,” their 2018 song, telling the audience, “It’s very Alanis-esque.”
The song was released after Halsey’s highly publicized breakup with rapper G-Eazy.
They dated G-Eazy for nearly a year after splitting in 2018 amid allegations that he cheated on them.
Since then, Halsey has written several catchy “f-k you” songs, including “Killing Boys,” “You Should Be Sad,” and “Nightmare.”
Halsey also collaborated with Alanis on “Alanis’ Interlude,” a song about sexual and professional liberation released as part of the 48-year-old singer’s album “Manic” in 2020.
Alanis performed the song with the duet during her headlining show on Saturday night, which also included hits like “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Learn,” and “Thank U.”
Audacy is organizing the ninth annual “We Can Survive” concert in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was created to recognize the power of bringing people and music together to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.
Other acts performing that night included One Republic, Weezer, Tate McRae, and Garbage.
Throughout the years, Halsey has been open about their mental health struggles in interviews and on social media.
The “Colors” singer admitted to “deep sadness” in September, telling her millions of fans that she frequently wonders if she chose the wrong life.
She said during that time:
“I find that often there is a deep sadness inside me that no amount of worldly pleasure can touch, a loneliness, an emptiness.”
” I often wonder if I chose the wrong life for myself. And the weight of it is suffocating. I’m sorry that melancholy has penetrated my art in a way that hasn’t served a greater purpose other than my own self-loathing.”