The former nanny of Halsey’s son Ender has sued the singer for wrongful termination and discrimination, but Halsey alleges the nanny left their child unsupervised and drunk on the job.
“These allegations are baseless,” a representative for Halsey, 27, told Entertainment Tonight about Ashley Funches’ suit in a statement published Thursday.
“This individual’s employment was recently terminated in response to specific incidents where Halsey’s child was left unattended in an unsafe location while in the care of the nanny, and the nanny was discovered to have been intoxicated while the child was under was on her guard,” the rep claimed.
The statement further claimed that Funches had not made any “complaints” during her time on duty.
While Halsey, who uses the pronouns she/she, felt “sad and disappointed” about the entire ordeal, the songwriter felt it was important to “publicly refute these allegations,” the rep continued.
†[Halsey takes] take equality and ethical working conditions very seriously,” the statement concluded. “Halsey wants to be absolutely clear that they continue to be a vocal advocate, both against competence and for ethical working conditions.”
Funches is reportedly suing Halsey and her company, Halsey Music, for allegedly firing her after taking time off work for a medical emergency. She claimed the dismissal was unlawful, according to documents obtained by The Blast Thursday.
The nanny was hired in 2021 as a “live-in personal attendant for” [Halsey’s] newborn child,” according to the suit.
While employed by the Grammy nominee, Funches claimed in her legal filing that she “worked around the clock” with “little to no rest day,” and claimed the “Without Me” artist did not pay her overtime.
After complaining that he was overworked, Funches reportedly received an additional $5,000. But when she texted Halsey in March 2022 saying she had to miss a few days of work for a medical procedure, the nanny was “terminated a few days later, without any warning or response,” her suit claimed.
Funches’ lawsuit allegedly called the shooting “deliberate, cold, callous, fraudulent and intentional means of injuring and damaging” [the nanny] with a conscious disregard for her rights.”
The court documents read: “As a direct and immediate cause of the above violations, [the nanny] has suffered, and continues to suffer, significant losses in connection with the use and enjoyment of such wages and lost interest in such wages.”
Halsey gave birth to their first child, a boy named Ender Ridley Aydin, in July 2021. They share their son with partner Alev Aydin.
Halsey’s representative did not immediately respond to Vidak For Congress’s request for comment.