Halsey, 29, Reveals They've Been Diagnosed With Lupus and Lymphoproliferative Disorder

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Halsey is opening up about a new health struggle. The singer-songwriter shared that they were diagnosed with lupus and a rare T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder two years ago.

In a June 5 Instagram post, the 29-year-old—who uses she/they pronouns—shared her health struggles while thanking fans for their support of her new music.

"Thank you guys for the unbelievable amount of love for 'The End' and the support you’ve shown me since its release. I realize everyone is catching up with news I’ve held in for a very long time, and I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to share," they wrote. "You’ve all been so kind so I want to share a bit more."

"In 2022, I was first diagnosed with Lupus SLE and then a rare T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder," they continued. "Both of which are currently being managed or in remission; and both of which I will likely have for the duration of my life."

Halsey added that she "slowly got everything under control" after a "rocky start" and is now "feeling better."

Just a day earlier on June 4, the singer said they're "lucky to be alive" after undergoing a secret health battle, which was detailed in their song "The End."

The lyrics to "The End" include:

"Every couple of years now, a doctor says I'm sick /
Pulls out a brand new bag of tricks /
And then they lay it on me /
And at first, it was my brain, then a skeleton in pain /
And I don't like to complain, but I'm saying sorry."

There’s been a lot of chatter around Halsey’s health over the last few years, including several diagnoses that they’ve shared. Here’s what they’ve revealed about their health journey.

What illness does Halsey have?

In 2022, Halsey was diagnosed with lupus SLE, a chronic disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. It can damage many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain, and there is currently no cure. Actress and singer Selena Gomez also suffers from the disease.

“Long story short, i’m Lucky to be alive. short story long, i wrote an album,” Halsey captioned their June 4 Instagram post. “It begins with The End. out now.” The post also includes handles for the Lupus Research Alliance and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, organizations where the singer will be donating the proceeds from "The End."

In one video, Halsey can be seen massaging their calves, with medical tape wrapped around one arm.

"Seriously, I feel like an old lady," they said. "I'm giving myself two more years to be sick. At 30, I'm having a rebirth and I'm not going to be sick and I'm going to look super hot and have lots of energy. And I'm just going to get to redo my 20s in my 30s."

Does Halsey have cancer?

Halsey has not shared that she has cancer. On June 5, she revealed that also suffers from a rare T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder.

Fans wondered if the singer had cancer after they tagged the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in their June 4 post. (Leukemia is a cancer of the blood, while lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, the organization explains.)

In a video in their Instagram post, Halsey can be seen sitting in a chair, wearing a face mask while hooked up to an IV. “Today is day one of treatment," they said in the video.

The final video shoes several shots of Halsey in what appears to be different hospital or medical center visits. In several of them, they have an IV in their arm and appear to be getting some type of treatment.

What is a rare T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder?

Lymphoproliferative disorders, also known as lymphoproliferative diseases, are a group of diseases that cause uncontrolled production of lymphocytes, according to the National Institute of Health. (Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell in the immune system.) These diseases usually happen in people who are immunocompromised.

Lymphoproliferative disorders can be pretty serious, as they mean your immune system doesn't work the way it should. They can sometimes progress to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which can be deadly.

Luckily, Halsey is feeling pretty optimistic about their health. "After 2 years, I’m feeling better and I’m more grateful than ever to have music to turn to," they wrote in their June 5 Instagram. "I can’t wait to get back where I belong: With you all 🤍 Singing and screaming my heart out."

Halsey previously revealed their struggles with endometriosis.

Halsey has been through several health conditions and they’ve spoken publicly about them. Halsey shared this winter that they’re “back in diapers” after seemingly having a procedure to treat endometriosis.

But Halsey also shared in 2022 that they had surgery three days before the Grammys. "The last time I attended the Grammys was 2017 and it was 3 days after I had my first endometriosis surgery," they captioned an Instagram post. "I walked the carpet with my stitches still in 😅. As luck would have it, I'm attending tomorrow for the first time in years and I had surgery again (you guessed it) 3 days ago.”

They also have Ehler-Danlos syndrome.

Haley also revealed in 2022 that they have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of disorders that impact the connective tissues supporting the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs and tissues, according to Medline Plus.

"I just want to clarify, for the benefit of friends of friends who may have any of the diagnoses that I recently shared, I didn't 'just get sick' I've been sick. For a long time. My sicknesses just have their names now," Halsey wrote on an Instagram Story at the time. "I went to doctors for 8 years. Trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I was called crazy and anxious and lazy amongst other things. I changed my entire lifestyle."

Halsey also said that they were “confined to my home for fear of how I'd feel when I woke up each morning.” She ended on this note: “Don't roll your eyes at your sick friends. They could be fighting a battle that they haven't named yet. Ya know?”

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