"[Changing my name] gave me the opportunity to create a new persona that wasn't bound by the expectations I had for myself or the limitations that others placed on me because of my upbringing or my socioeconomic situation," she recalled.
"I created a person, and she could do everything. There was no way that Ashley was going to become a king, but I made a new name for myself and took her to paranormal, supernatural heights."
The pop star also admitted she isn't eager to date musicians in the future.
Halsey said: "A friend of mine - another female artist who has been criticized for dating a lot of people - said, 'Ashley, you need to live your f---ing life and ignore what people say about you.' And so now I keep everything to myself in terms of my romantic relationships. I will say that it's good to not date another musician as then your work follows you everywhere."
"Now it's my personal life so I get to go home to somebody that I love and spend time with them, and it not be about work," she concluded.