Halsey Apologizes for Posting Eating Disorder Photo Without Warning: ‘I Had Positive Intentions’

Halsey has apologized for sharing an image of herself without properly warning her fans that the photo could be triggering.

On Monday, Halsey joined the viral Instagram trend where followers ask users to share specific photos through the app’s question feature.

Asked by a user to post a photo of “you at your lowest point,” Halsey shared a topless mirror selfie and wrote, “TW: ED [eating disorder], ask for help.”

According to Just Jared, the image was later deleted.

Halsey later apologized on Twitter saying, “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 follow-up tweet, she added, “With that being said I’m 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.”


Jane Smith, chief executive of Anorexia and Bulimia Care, explained why “before and after” photos could harm those currently struggling with an eating disorder to Huffington Post UK.

“It’s triggering for those with eating disorders seeing ‘before’ photos as it makes them compare their own body, weight or shape, often feeling that they themselves aren’t low enough or poorly enough.”

“It’s also demoralizing for people struggling to make the journey of recovery as it looks as if it’s instantly achievable and actually, it’s a very long up and down journey with a lot of support (and treatment) needed.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, You can call the confidential NEDA Helpline Monday-Thursday from 11am to 9pm ET, and Friday from 11am to 5pm ET.