With some of the most relatable lyrics in recent pop, both Halsey and Lauren detail an ex-girlfriend where the superstars were feeling a much stronger emotional connection when said ex was only down for the physical. Halsey opens the song saying, "She doesn't kiss me on the mouth anymore / 'Cause it's most intimate, than she thinks we should get" before the two duet on the chorus, "Said we're not lovers, we're just strangers."
Halsey and Jauregui have been both proud and loud about their bisexualities with Halsey identifying by being "tri-bi" early in her career and Lauren make her proud reveal in a post-election open letter. In an age where it's curiously considered great press to be bi or kissing girls and liking it (see Jessie J, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc.) despite not actaully being a part of the community, makes this song all the more powerful and personal.
In a press release, Halsey summed up why the song is normalizing and important to non-hetero listeners. She said it best with, "I just love that Lauren (Jauregui) and I are two women who have a mainstream pop presence doing a love song for the LGBT community. 'Strangers' is just a love song that happens to use same-sex pronouns." Yass, girl.
"Strangers" will feature on Halsey's upcoming Hopeless Fountain Kingdom album, that drops on June 2. Spin the song above and then get your #FBF on with a class interview with Lauren Jauregui in the early days of her Fifth Harmony career: