Halsey at the MTV Movie And TV Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, USA on June 16, 2018. Photo by Starfrenzy/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Ashley Nicolette Frangipane

Place of Birth: Edison, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 29, 1994

*father – African-American, small amount of Irish
*mother – Italian, Hungarian

Halsey is an American singer, songwriter, and activist. She is also known by her given name Ashley Frangipane.

Halsey is the daughter of Nicole and Chris Frangipane.

She is biracial. She has said:

my dad is black and a little Irish and my mom is Italian and Hungarian!

A picture of Halsey with her maternal grandmother can be seen here. A picture of Halsey’s parents can be seen here.

She has also said that a DNA test showed her genetic ancestry to include “Italian, Turkish, Nigerian, Senegalese, and British/Irish. lots of big surprises there.”

Halsey’s maternal grandfather is Richard Jacobs (the son of Steve Jacobs/Jacob and Lorraine Alice Christoff). Steve was the son of Hungarian parents, Frank Joseph Jakab/Jacob, from Gersekarát, Vas, and Maria/Mary Takacs, from Olaszfa, Vas.

Halsey’s maternal grandmother is Annette Canace (the daughter of Vito Canace and Josephine Fortunata Minervino). Annette is of Italian descent, with roots in Calabria and Campania. Vito was born in New Jersey, the son of Dominick/Domenico Canace, who was born in Avellino, Campania, and of Maria Canace. Josephine was the daughter of Charles Minervino and Antoinette Barras.

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Halsey in 2015, photo by Prphotos

99 Responses

  1. coco says:

    So she took a DNA test. She didn’t post the percentages of anything but specified some of the ethnicities she got…



  2. andrew says:

    It should be added “likely Italian” on her father’s side.

    • coco says:

      She said in a dm to a fanpage back in 2015 that her dad has two white parents cause he’s adopted. Though her dad must know something about his birth parents or one of them since she said he’s African American & “a little Irish” which I assume she means is a quarter Irish or less not half.

  3. andrew says:

    So what’s goin’ on here?

    • comrade says:

      Her dad is most likely adopted. Not sure though as Halsey never mentioned it. We’ll just have to wait and see if she ever talks about it.

      James Frangipane and Theresa married in 1967 (both then aged 18) and had Chris (their first child?) in 1973 six years later. They had another child, Matt Frangipane, in 1984 but Matt is white and Chris is mixed race/black. Is Matt adopted or is Chris adopted or are they both adopted? Both Chris and Matt have the surname Frangipane and (from what I know) there’s no divorce record of James Frangipane and Theresa Thorley.

      • andrew says:

        Well, waiting for an update on Halsey’s profile soon.

      • coco says:

        I’ve been a listener of Halsey for years so I’ve also followed her fanpages… Back in 2015 she actually said in a dm to one of her fanpages that her dad was adopted. It came up cause the fanpage asked why she her dad had 2 white parents. The screenshot was posted & she liked it at the time. I’ll try to find it again.

  4. andrew says:

    The text says maternal grandmother twice atm.

    Question: if her father has African-American ancestry, why does he have an Italian surname? Weird.

  5. Multiethnicchick says:

    Americans are so ignorant. If a mixed race man has a child with a white woman, they create kids that look like Halsey of Rashida Jones. As in mostly white women. Same with Eartha Kitt’s daughter. If you people would recognize mixed race people there would be no “uh duh, why does she look white”. Because she mostly is white!

    • SMHD says:

      I agree. People don’t really pay attention to genetics. It can skip generations and the color combos and textures with hair, eyes, skin etc can be a mixed bag if there’s mixed ancestry, but more times than not, if you have a mixed black and white person that gets with a White person, their kids will be majority white and most of the time take on euro features. Not always, but most of the time. Look at Drake’s kid for example or any other one the same as him. Not only white passing, but very white. Same as if a mixed race black and White person gets with a black person. Kids will be mostly black and a lot of the time takes on black features. NOT ALWAYS, but tends to lean that way. Genetics is a cool thing, and anything can happen, but people should not be surprised at all the outcomes.

      • coco says:

        Very true & eloquently said. Genetic can be like dice sometimes but 9/10 it’s not that hard to predict, except for when throwback genes & mutations happen.

    • coco says:

      I’m American but I agree with you. Americans need to let the ODR (which was a racist Jim Crow law based on white supremacy) go away. In Latin America, the UK, even Africa & many other countries, there is/has never been a ODR. In most countries mixed people can be mixed without automatically being put in the black box. I see more Rachel Dolezals in the future infiltrating blackness in America.

      • Akwaba says:

        I disagree, in homogeneous countries black/white mixed people are considered black and most people don’t make the difference between a mixed person and a 100% african person. But people like Halsey will never be considered black.

        • coco says:

          Nothing to disagree with. It’s true. In many other countries mixed people are considered mixed race not automatically black. I’ve traveled a lot & met a lot of different nationalities of people. Particularly in the places I mentioned. In South Africa theyre usally called “colored”, in the Uk “mixed race” in Latin America “mulatto” (if they’re black/white). They’re are also different kinds of mixed people, not just black & white. Mestizos are white & indigenous in Latin America. Half asians also exist.

        • Multiethnicchick says:

          In most countries, mixed people are mixed. Americans are just backwards in everything. Metrics system, driving and understabding race which they ironically obsess over

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