At the ripe age of 24, pop superstar Halsey is just getting started. Despite pumping out several chart-topping singles, fans seemed more invested in her high profile romance with G-Eazy. The couple’s on-and-off relationship reportedly came to an end last October.

In a new interview with Glamour, Halsey opened up about the split and explained how she handled her heartbreak. Rather than go on a Twitter rant aimed at her ex or air out their dirty laundry, she opted to make music.

“The biggest lesson I learned was to make art, not headlines,” she said. “Because it can become quite easy, in the social media generation, to go from being a musician to becoming a personality.”

“Without Me” was born out of their breakup. Released last December, the song became Halsey’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and captured the tumultuous nature of an intimate relationship.

“’Without Me’ is about caring for someone so much that you lose sight of yourself, Halsey explained. “I call myself a collector; I collect things from people and use them to widen my artistic repertoire so that I am writing from a culmination of experiences from the world. But I’m an imitator as well, because I’m so passionately putting myself in other people’s shoes all the time.”

“Being a chameleon is not always a good thing. I beat myself up for a long time. I was like, You’re fucking spineless. Why do you have to become everyone you’re around? Why do you have to imitate all of their interests, all of their fucking mannerisms, and their personality? Why can’t you just know who the fuck you are and be strong in that? But I realized that will never happen. So instead I started surrounding myself with people I admire and really like.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Halsey talks about the support she receives from other female artists and how she feels about people who criticize her music.

Read the whole interview here. 

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