In case you haven't made it over to Instagram to ogle the buzz-worthy fashion choices of your favorite celebs yet, allow me to inform you that the Met Gala happened last night. Fashion fans love speculating about who was invited and who wasn't, who was a no-show, etc. And many were wondering why Halsey didn't attend, given that they always share their brilliant fashions with the world.
And the answer is as obvious as it is valid: they're newly postpartum! And their response about it is extremely refreshing to hear, especially because "bounce-back culture" is still a prevalent thing among all postpartum parents—famous or not.
When a Halsey fan shared a tweet questioning why the singer wasn't in attendance, Halsey had the perfect answer: "I'm still breastfeeding," they wrote back. "I only had my baby 7 weeks ago." Halsey and partner Alev Aydin confirmed they gave birth to their first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, on July 14.
"There's nothing more 'American fashion' than moms having to go back to work after just giving birth lol," the singer added.
Nail. On. The. Head.
As if being separated from your baby who isn't even two months old yet isn't difficult enough to navigate, figuring out the pumping situation when you're wearing complicated formalwear all night long is anxiety-inducing. (I was a bridesmaid in my good friend's wedding when I was five weeks postpartum, and having to unzip to pump every hour while reading frantic texts from my mother-in-law about my screaming, bottle-hating baby remains one of the most traumatic experiences of my adult life.)
"I wouldn't have had a way to pump my breasts which would have been insanely painful," they further explained.
Halsey went into more detail about their to skip the gala, using their platform to bring awareness to the not-so-glamorous side of parenthood.
While the artist admitted they are "incredibly privileged to afford time off," and acknowledged other working moms are in "far more vulnerable positions," they was just shedding light on the unrealistic expectations society has for moms.
Halsey said they were just speaking the truth.
"I am so grateful," they tweeted. "For my baby after everything I went through to get pregnant. For my undeserved comfort to spend time home. For the blessing to make art as a form of employment. But postpartum does not discriminate. That's all I meant to say."
And it was well said, at that. We love it when celebrity parents keep it real.