Halsey has called a lawsuit filed by her former nanny “baseless”.
The ‘Without Me’ singer – who has 11-month-old son Ender with partner Alev Aydin – has been accused by Ashley Funches of firing her after she requested time off to undergo a medical procedure that “has require him to take time off work.
According to People magazine, the lawsuit also said the nanny ‘worked around the clock on consecutive days with little or no day off’ during the ‘majority of her employment’, and in October 2021 complained to Halsey – who uses both she/her and they/them pronouns – about “his long hours” and not being paid for overtime.
As a result, Ashley received a one-time payment of $5,000 for accrued overtime, but “no explanation of how the lump sum payment compensated ‘Funches’ for ‘all of her overtime to date.’
Halsey has now hit back at the claims, calling them ‘baseless’ and insisted they fired the nanny due to ‘specific incidents’, saying one of them involved Ender being left “unattended in a dangerous place under the care of the nanny”.
The 27-year-old star also took issue with the nanny’s claims that she had complained about not being paid for overtime.
They added in a statement: “Therefore, while Halsey is both saddened and disappointed by this turn of events, they believe it is important to refute these allegations publicly, as they are a strong advocate of ableism and ethical working conditions.”
The “Walls Could Talk” singer has battled her own health issues and recently revealed she’s been diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
But the ‘Control’ singer claimed they were repeatedly dismissed as “crazy and anxious” after multiple visits to doctors over the years in an effort to find out what was wrong.
They wrote on their Instagram Story: “Just want to clarify, for the benefit of friends of friends who may have one of the diagnoses I recently shared, I didn’t ‘just get sick’. I have been sick for a long time, my illnesses now have their names.
“I went to the doctor for 8 years. I tried to figure out what was wrong with me. I was called crazy, anxious and lazy, among other things. I completely changed my lifestyle. When I wasn’t working, I was basically confined to my home for fear of what I would feel when I woke up each morning.”
“It took me a long time to even get a diagnosis, so I’m celebrating! Don’t roll your eyes at your sick friends. They might be fighting a battle they haven’t named yet. You know? (sic)”