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Chart-topping singer forced to apologize after sharing a personal post about her eating disorder without adequate 'trigger warning'



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Singer Halsey issued a heartfelt apology Monday after sharing a photo of herself dealing with an eating disorder.

Social media users came out in droves and accused the singer — real name Ashley Nicolette Frangipane — of insensitivity because she didn't share the post on her personal Instagram page with a "trigger warning" that was considered good enough.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from Insider, social media users took Halsey — who also lives with bipolar disorder — to task over the offending photo, prompting her to issue an apology and delete the post.

The singer and entertainer also announced a temporary social media break to recalibrate after the attack on her judgment.

Insider reported, "The 'Clementine' singer shared an image of herself living with the disorder on Instagram, after a fan asked to see her at her 'lowest point.'"

In response, Halsey shared a mirror selfie with the caption, "TW [trigger warning]: ED [eating disorder], ask for help." In the photo, Halsey is topless — but using her arms to protect her modesty — and looking decidedly thin and frail. You can view the original photo here.

Needless to say, some social media users came out to attack the singer for not paying mind to crafting a more comprehensive "trigger warning" so as to avoid offending or hurting the feelings of those social media users in question. You can read some of the backlash here.

Following the outcry over the photo, Halsey tweeted, "TW: disordered eating[.] I am very sorry for posting a photo of myself depicting my struggle with ED without a sufficient trigger warning. I was very nervous to post it and didn't think properly. I had positive intentions. I would never want to harm someone who shares my struggle."

In a subsequent tweet, the artist said she was going to "log off" to deal with the backlash.

"[W]ith that being said," she added, "Im [sic] gonna log off now because this has turned into something I am not emotionally equipped to handle for the time being. I hope that's okay."

Anything else?

This isn't the first time that the entertainer has been candid about her personal life and she said that she's been "committed" at least twice since entering the spotlight.

In 2019, she told Rolling Stone that she manages as best as she is able on a daily basis.

"I've been committed twice since [I became] Halsey, and no one's known about it," she said. "But I'm not ashamed of talking about it now."

"It's been my choice [to seek help]," she continues. "I've said to [my manager], 'Hey, I'm not going to do anything bad right now, but I'm getting to the point where I'm scared that I might, so I need to go figure this out.' It's still happening in my body. I just know when to get in front of it."

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