Halsey says Iggy Azalea is a 'f--king moron'


Fresh off a No. 1 debut for Hopeless Fountain Kingdom in the US, Halsey is in the UK this week for Glastonbury. To preview her set, The Guardian has a new in-depth feature reported in Las Vegas last month ahead of the Billboard Music Awards. There's some intense talk of her social anxiety and the time she spent dating a heroin addict when she was 17, and it ends with her prediction that eventually she'll recede from the spotlight to become a pro songwriter because performing artists "have a sick masochism." But right before that, there's a couple tidbits of note regarding some of Halsey's peers.

It transpires when Halsey is asked about why she worked with Quavo, the Migos rapper whose comments about homosexuality and clumsy apology seemed to position him in opposition to her own bisexuality. Isn't it odd, reporter Peter Robinson wonders, to have Quavo on the same album that includes "Strangers," Halsey's lesbian duet with Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui? Her response is a somewhat confusing defense of Quavo, which somehow leads into her calling Iggy Azalea a "f--king moron" with "a complete disregard for black culture."

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Singer Halsey performs on NBC's 'Today' at Rockefeller Plaza on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Halsey (Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) and Lauren Jauregui perform during Soundcheck on NBC's 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza on June 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Halsey is seen on June 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer/songwriter Halsey performs during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer Halsey arrives at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: (L-R) Musician Andrew Taggart singer Halsey and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Polk/BBMA2017/Getty Images for DCP)
CARSON, CA - MAY 13: Singer Halsey arrives at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2017 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 13, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Halsey visits Music Choice on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
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"I think he's misunderstood," she says. "Just because I choose to be a socially conscious artist, and I'm pretty good at it, that doesn't mean every artist is going to be equipped to be politically correct. I don't think he's inherently homophobic, I think he's in a tough place of trying to explain what he means. I agree his apology was bullshit but I can't police everybody." When I suggest that one place she surely can police everybody is within the walls of her own album, she pauses. "Yes, I can," she adds, "and there's a lot of people I wouldn't put on my record. Iggy Azalea: absolutely not. She had a complete disregard for black culture. Fucking moron. I watched her career dissolve and it fascinated me."

In other Azalea news, she and longtime rival Azealia Banks appear to be in peace talks, though with personalities that famously volatile, an Azalea/Azealia accord seems like it might be difficult to sustain.

This post was originally published on Stereogum.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Iggy Azalea arrives at The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Jennifer Hudson and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during The Grammy Awards Pre-Grammy Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea performs onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gabriel Grams/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Charli XCX (L) and Iggy Azalea perform onstage during Y100's Jingle Ball 2014 at BB&T Center on December 21, 2014 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Singer Iggy Azalea attends 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18: Rapper Iggy Azalea (L) and singer Rita Ora perform onstage during 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 at Allstate Arena on December 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 15: Iggy Azalea attends the 2014 Hot 99.5 Jingle Ball at Verizon Center on December 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Singers Charli XCX and Iggy Azalea perform during Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2014 at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea performs onstage during KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Iggy Azalea attends KISS 108’s Jingle Ball 2014, presented by Market Basket Supermarkets at TD Garden on December 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Singer/songwriter Charli XCX (L) and recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Singer Rita Ora (L) recording artist Iggy Azalea perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artists Rita Ora (L) and Iggy Azalea perform at a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Recording artists Iggy Azalea (L) and Rita Ora perform onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Recording artist Iggy Azalea performs onstage during a 2014 'MTV Video Music Awards' concert with Sam Smith And Iggy Azalea presented by Time Warner Cable and Lifebeat at Avalon on August 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
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