Halsey, 26, went through two labors of love this summer.
Not only is the two-time Grammy nominee set to become a day-to-day first parent to her screenwriter boyfriend, Alev Aydin, but they’re also set to release their fourth studio album, If I can’t have love I want power produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails.
The album will be released on August 27, 2021.
On Wednesday, the bisexual singer (who uses the pronouns she / they) released the album cover art, which shows herself sitting on a golden throne with an adorable baby and a single breast exposed.
Oh, and she’s wearing a crown, of course!
“This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” the singer captioned on Instagram, photographed by Lucas Garrido.
“It was very important to me that the cover conveys the feeling of my trip over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Virgin and the Whore. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a recipient and gift to my child are two concepts that can coexist peacefully and powerfully. My body has belonged to the world in many different ways over the past few years, and this image is my way of reclaiming my autonomy and establishing my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.
She continued, “This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. We have a long way to go to eradicate the social stigma around the body and breastfeeding. I hope. that this can be a step in the right direction!
Halsey fans have been sharing their joy since they first announced they were pregnant in January.
“Surprise!” Halsey wrote on Instagram at the time alongside a photo of their baby bump, to which Aydin commented, “Heart so full, I love you, my sweetness.”
Halsey spoke about living with bipolar disorder as well as endometriosis, a condition where the tissues that line the inside of the uterus are instead present outside the uterus.
In a 2016 Rolling stone interview, the singer revealed that she had miscarried before a performance a year earlier. Yet she always took the stage.
“It’s the most angry performance I’ve ever done in my life,” said Halsey, who has since blamed her endometriosis for the miscarriage, told the magazine. “I want to be a mom more than I want to be a pop star. More than I want to be anything in the world.
The singer has also been open about her fertility issues, telling The Guardian last year that the miscarriage made her feel “unsuitable.”
“Here, I realize this uncontrollable life, and I cannot do the one thing that I am biologically put for on this earth,” she said at the time. “So I have to go on stage and be this sex symbol of femininity and empowerment? It’s demoralizing.”
She explained the experience of her maniacal album notes for Apple Music, explaining that due to her health issues, she was starting to think motherhood wasn’t meant to be. That is, until a visit to the doctor changes everything.
“One day my OB-GYN tells me that it seems to me that maybe I can [have a baby], and I was so moved. It was like this rise to another type of femininity, ”she explained to Apple Music. “Suddenly everything is different. I’m not going to go on tour to death because I have nothing else to do and I’m overcompensating for not being able to have that other thing that I really want. Now I have a choice. I never had a choice before. “
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