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Why Halsey Believes ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ Is ‘Not a Girl Power Album’

Halsey broke down her new album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power in a new interview and explained why it’s not a “girl power album.”

In a sit-down interview with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe for New Music Daily, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter talked about how their fourth studio album explores themes of pregnancy and new motherhood, but their journey doesn’t align with the hyper-feminine societal conceptions of it. Halsey opened up about how pregnancy “has leveled my perception of gender entirely” as well as the pressure to feel like a “girly-girly fertility goddess” in a lengthy Instagram post from February. On If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, Halsey doesn’t sugarcoat the subject matter, even if her vocals sound that way.

“Everyone’s like, ‘Oh, it’s like this is a girl power album,’ and I’m like, ‘No, it’s not,'” she said, setting the record straight. “Also, not for nothing, but the lead single is ‘I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God’ — it’s not a girl power album. From the jump, I’m like, ‘I’m not a woman.’ I’m not saying any of that. There’s no girl power in this album. … Being pregnant, writing this album, people are expecting girlishness, you know what I mean? And any time where I ever talk about womanhood, motherhood, femininity, I’m usually talking about it with a taste in my mouth. Like, go be a big girl, a girl is a gun, all I can taste is the blood in my mouth.”

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