Halsey is opening up about receiving a slew of new health diagnoses after previously informing fans that she had spent time in hospital.
“My health has changed a lot since I got pregnant and gave birth,” the singer, whose pronouns are she/her and they/them, said in a series of Instagram Story videos posted Tuesday. In the video, she was wearing a heart monitor. and said they didn’t want fans to worry.
“I started getting really, really, really sick. I’ve been a little sick most of my adult life, but it started to get a lot worse (after giving birth),” Halsey continued, noting that she is “allergic to literally everything.” and was hospitalized for anaphylaxis.
The singer saw “100,000 doctors” before he was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a “group of inherited disorders that affect connective tissues, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls.” Sjogren’s syndrome is an immune system disorder that is often accompanied by others, usually identified by dry eyes and dry mouth.
“And I’m still looking for answers to the root of some of these things,” Halsey said.
MCAS is a condition that “causes mast cells to release an inappropriate amount of chemicals in your body” and can cause allergies and a wide range of other symptoms, according to WebMD. POTS is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system, which “regulates functions that we don’t consciously control, such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating, and body temperature,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
He added: “It could potentially be another autoimmune disease, and I know I’ve had autoimmune issues for most of my life, especially endometriosis.”
Morning:Halsey celebrates ‘pregnant and postpartum bodies’ with new bare-chested album cover
Halsey was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2016, a disorder in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. The singer underwent surgery to treat the disorder in 2017 and again in late March, and has since spoken out about experiencing a miscarriage about six years ago, which they attribute to endometriosis. Last summer, she welcomed her first child, Ender Ridley Aydin, with screenwriter Alev Aydin.
The artist previously described his fourth studio album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power,” as a “concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth.”
As she prepares to tour the album, Halsey follows a treatment plan while rehearsing, saying the concept has evolved beyond pregnancy and postpartum to dealing with other health issues: “I have a lot of anxiety and a lot of energy and a lot of confusion I want to go on stage”.
They continued, “I’m very excited and very confident that I’ll be able to do it in a healthy way where I can do my best for all of you… I just can’t do the tour like I used to.” when I was younger, when I just didn’t care (expletive) about my body and worked insane hours and days at a time. I’ve learned a lot about how to do my job in the conditions I’m living in.”
Contributed: Cydney Henderson