Halsey covers the September/October 2017 music issue of Playboy magazine, which features a candid interview in which she discusses the importance of Planned Parenthood and just wanting to be a "decent human being".
On donating $100,000 to Planned Parenthood: "The negativity around Planned Parenthood was crazy: “That’s not your money. Someone’s using you as a front to donate it.” “Whenever celebrities say they’re donating money, they never really are; it’s a company.” No. I charged it to my personal Amex card. And the second-biggest response was “Why Planned Parenthood? Why not the ACLU? Why not LGBT causes? Why not blah blah blah?” I’ve got to fight one battle at a time."
On how Planned Parenthood helped her: "In 2015, I had a miscarriage on tour, and the first place I went was Planned Parenthood. All the responses were like, “Well, if you have $100,000 to donate, why did you have to go to Planned Parenthood?” Other people have controlled this negative narrative that it’s a low-income place, this place in the ghetto, this place for abortions, this place where drug users go, this place where “slutty” girls go—I say “slutty” in quotes because I’m rolling my eyes at it. But it’s a doctor’s office. I can afford some of the best health care in the fucking world and I still went there, because I trust it."
On feeling a responsibility toward her fans: "It has made me empathetic, but it’s hard. I sign into Twitter and at any given moment there are a hundred kids messaging me: “My mom died. I hurt myself. I have an eating disorder. I’m failing school. My best friend committed suicide.” It’s amazing when I can be there for them, but that’s still energy I carry all day long. I love that it hasn’t numbed me. You can’t cry 15 times in a meet-and-greet, but I still do. I hope I never lose that, because having the capacity to care in that way keeps you a decent human being. That’s all I fucking want: to be a decent human being."