Halsey Releases New Single 'The End' as She Reveals Secret Health Struggle: 'I'm Lucky to Be Alive'

The pop star shared that the haunting new single is the first from their forthcoming fifth studio album

  • Halsey released new song "The End" on Tuesday

  • The singer/songwriter revealed in the lyrics and her social media posts surrounding the release that she is suffering from serious health issues

  • Halsey will donate proceeds from "The End" to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Lupus Research Alliance

Halsey is "lucky to be alive."

On Tuesday, June 4, the pop star, 29, shared "The End" — the first new single from their forthcoming fifth studio album — along with a caption revealing that they've been suffering from serious health issues.

She captioned an Instagram carousel "long story short, i’m Lucky to be alive. short story long, i wrote an album. it begins with The End. out now. @lupusresearchalliance @llsusa."

Alongside the release of the track, the social media post Halsey — who uses she/they pronouns — shared featured photos and videos of the singer-songwriter receiving medical treatment and recording.

In the first video, the "Colors" singer can be seen massaging their legs saying, "I feel like an old lady. I told myself I'm giving myself two more years to be sick. By 30 I'm having a rebirth, and I'm not gonna be sick, and I'm gonna look super hot and have lots of energy and I'm just gonna re-do my 20s in my 30s. Seriously."

Halsey shared a photo of themselves with a mask on during "day one" of treatment, a text conversation with someone featuring their new single, a clip of them in the dark playing acoustic guitar and recording "The End," and a highlight reel of their emotional highs and lows during treatment and the making of her new song.

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Written by Halsey and produced by the singer-songwriter, Michael Uzowuru and Alex G, "The End" is a haunting track is a gritty folk number carried by their raw vocals and acoustic guitar.

In the song, the MaXXXine star references the confusion of their ailments singing, "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."

Later, Halsey explains "there's poison in my brain and in my blood."

At the end of the track, she addresses her own mortality: "When I met you, I said I would never die / But the joke was always mine 'cause I'm racing against time / And I know it's not the end of the world, but could you pick me up at 8? / 'Cause my treatment starts today."

Halsey will donate proceeds from "The End" to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Lupus Research Alliance and tagged them in her social media posts as well. She has not disclosed a specific diagnosis at this time.

In May 2022 Halsey revealed they had been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome and POTS (postural tachycardia syndrome). They have also been open about their struggle with endometriosis.

<p>Columbia Records</p> Halsey "The End" Artwork

Columbia Records

Halsey "The End" Artwork

Related: Halsey Parts Ways with Longtime Label Capitol Records Nearly a Year After Song Release Drama

In April 2023, she cut ties with her longtime record label, Capitol Records.

"After 8 great years the decision to leave Capitol is bittersweet, but we are excited about exploring a new partnership and sharing new music with fans," Halsey's managers, Jason Aron and Anthony Li of Anti-Pop, told PEOPLE in a statement.

The "Lilith" artist released their last album If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power — a visual album produced by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — in 2021.

Halsey's fifth studio album will be their first on Columbia Records, per Rolling Stone.

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