The dating rumors mill abounds, and singer Halsey isnâ€™t having any of it. After a reported split with G-Eazy, many people have since speculated that Halsey is flirting it up with musician John Mayer, and that the two might be potentially dating or hooking up. In a tweet this week, Halsey seemed to call out the gossip, but more importantly, the idea that female artists canâ€™t be just friends with male artists.
â€śI just had a ground breaking idea. What if…we let female artists…have friends…without assuming that they are sleeping together? I know I know. Itâ€™s like, completely ambitious but like, imagine if we like, tried ?â€ť Halsey tweeted, speaking out against an age old problem that many both in and out of the limelight have experience with. Other artists like Ariana Grande have called out the double standards that exist for women when it comes to befriending people, and how wrong it is to assume that two people must always be sexually or romantically involved if thereâ€™s chemistry there. Someone nearly immediately responded with the iconic Ariana gif of her saying, â€śWomen can be friends with people with dicks and not hop on themâ€ť to affirm Halseyâ€™s point.
Many people replied to Halseyâ€™s tweets chiming in with their own similar experiences and agreeing. One user replied to Halsey asking what if “we stopped thinking every friendship is actually a secret relationship!?!!” Another person responded, â€śI have a better suggestion. What if we let people hang out, be friends, without assuming they are sleeping together. Or even more radical…what if we stopped caring who was sleeping with whom, cept our partners. Heh.â€ť
Halsey clearly brought up a pain point for many people in general, celebrity or not, who are sick of the assumption that women must have romantic or sexual attachments to the people they interact with. Hopefully, that idea eventually dies out, because itâ€™s important to remember that not only is it absolutely possible to be friends with someone of another gender and not be dating or having a sexual relationship with them. Itâ€™s actually completely common as well as healthy to have platonic friends of different genders who you spend time with and appreciate.
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