Hopeless Fountain Kingdom
was inspired by a prolonged, toxic breakup and centers around two lovers in a paranormal world. Halsey explained to Radio.com
"I was going through this really prolonged, drawn-out, toxic breakup, and I realized that it was a really normal thing, a normal human experience. Going through a breakup is something a lot of people go through, but in that time to me, it felt like the end of the world. It felt paranormal. It felt like a parallel universe. So what I did was I took that experience and turned it into this concept record, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. It's kind of like when you're a little kid and you climb a tree, smash cut to a daydream of you on top of a mountain, above the clouds, and you're on top of the world, then smash cut to you back in a tree, and you're like, 'Oh, I'm just in a tree.'
And that's kind of what it was like for me going through this breakup, where I felt like we were these two dueling, from different worlds, hero-heroine situation, and then I'd wake up and realize I just had a bad boyfriend. But I wanted to translate that into this world where love conquers all, this afterlife, this Romeo and Juliet story. So I wrote a record that is confident, it's vibrant, it's visceral; most importantly, it's not about him, it's about me. And I called it Hopeless Mountain Kingdom."