Chloe x Halle grace the cover of ‘Essence’

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Eric Johnson @upstairsaterics

Chloe and Halle Bailey have been focusing on their individual careers, occasionally reuniting for festival performances, possibly family-related events and now the cover of Essence. In the magazine’s September/October issue, the sister duo opens up about their lives as solo artists and women who are continuing to grow into their own.

Chloe has become somewhat of a viral sensation since embarking on her solo career. She’s released singles and videos for songs “Have Mercy,” “Treat Me” and “Surprise,” as well as a slew of covers and sexy social media pictures — most of which see her flaunting her vocals and chords. Though she appears to exude confidence, she admits that she doesn’t always feel that way.

“As much as people think I’m so confident, 80% of the time I feel the complete opposite of that. That’s why I put so much of myself into my music. That’s where I feel like myself and where I belong in this life—whenever I’m onstage,” Chloe said. 

Her upcoming album, she adds, captures emotions she’s felt from “all the tearing down” and sees her “breaking free” from society’s expectations.

Halle is preparing for the release of The Little Mermaid remake. With time away from Chloe, she tapped into her individuality with a little help from God.

“I’ve managed to find individuality through God—through talking to God every day by prayer, by meditation and through music,” she explained. “I think finding myself is going to be an everlasting journey. And while I feel like I know myself at 22, I’m constantly getting to know more about who I am.”

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She also addressed her relationship with rapper DDG, who she’s been a fan of for years. When asked if she’s in love, she replied, “Yes. For sure I am.”            

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