Singer Ashley Nicolette Frangipane is known for her stage name as Hasley, has revealed why she changed her name as a teenager. She said she started using the moniker at the beginning of her career in 2014 because it was an “opportunity to create a new persona” to help her thrive in the music industry.
Halsey changed her with the first album, Badlands
In an interview, Halsey told Cosmopolitan that she wanted to redefine herself while recording the Badlands album, thus the name change. Up until when she was a teenager, the Closer singer used her name, Ashely. She explained that she had the foresight that being herself wasn’t enough to become somebody different. The singer said that at the time, she felt Ashely was not in for the success and fame because she wasn’t special, but the making of Halsey could.
Most big names in the music industry have grown their brand with stage names. Some examples include Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury), Reginald Kenneth Dwight (Elton John), Joan Marie Larkin (Joan Jett), Destiny Hope Cyrus (Miley Cyrus and Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde), among others. Therefore Ashely’s name change isn’t surprising.
New persona led to success
The name change was a chance to create a new image not bound by expectations or limitations that others placed on her because of her socioeconomic situation or upbringing. She explained that the persona she created could do almost everything, and there was no chance Ashley could have become a king. However, the new name took the singer to paranormal, supernatural levels.
Regarding her rise to fame, she said it had been a journey and not the assumption people make of a story of rags to riches. Halsey said that her journey has been slow and painful, but when she looks back on the path, she is proud of the teenage girl that dropped her first album with odds stuck against her. She said she didn’t know anyone in the industry, and she was from New Jersey with no money.