Halsey’s new song entitled “Bad at Love” is basically a compilation of all of her failed past relationships. With each lyric, she chronicles a real-life relationship that she has been in, and why exactly it went wrong. There is no doubt writing this song was very therapeutic for the singer-songwriter and claims she was inspired by Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet.”
This inspiration can clearly be seen in the song’s music video, with yellow convertible and all. The video matches the song’s rebellious overtones and screams “girl power” as Halsey, an outlaw, and her three friends escape the clutches of police sent to arrest them. They each outsmart the police and drive off into the desert leaving them in their dust, literally.
The singer said it was important to go against the regular portrayal of Juliet being the naïve girl who would die for someone she had just met. Instead, this song clearly celebrates being a strong independent woman who would get out of a relationship as soon as she was not happy in it. In essence, she chose to love herself at the end.
The song, let’s be honest, is so relatable. Even if we have never been in a relationship, there is always one thing we think we are bad at. The fact that Halsey is able to admit to herself that her relationships with others and herself need work is inspirational to say the least. “Bad at Love” is so much more than a break up song, but a song that showcases what a great writer Halsey is.