Australia’s Sunrise morning TV show aired an interview with Lorde that caused a bit of controversy Friday (July 7), as it led to numerous media outlets misinterpreting quotes she gave in regards to Taylor Swift and her squad.
In the segment (which you can watch here), Lorde was asked how it felt to meet her musical heroes after finding success with her debut album, Pure Heroine — to which she replied, “The second you think too hard about it, you’ll just go insane so it’s best to be like, ‘We’re in Wonderland. That’s just what happens around here.’ Like, also, I don’t hang out with these people at all.”
Lorde did not mention Taylor Swift’s name, but the edited clip showed an image of Swift just before she responded to that question. The interviewer then did point out that she’s “part of Taylor’s squad.” Lorde sort of rolled her eyes and continued, “You make friends in different places. But I think for the most part, I’m not like calling up my idols for advice, necessarily.”
The “Green Light” singer, whose Melodrama album recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, addressed the situation and clarified her comments in a candid note posted to Twitter on Friday.
“wow – something of a frustrating thing to have to address online but here we go,” Lorde began. “taylor is a dear friend. i love her very much. in the interview in question i had just been talking about bowie and patti smith – those were the ‘idols’ i was referring to that i was saying i’m not friends with, not taylor!”
“i’ve always found people’s perception of this ‘squad’ idea frustrating in the past; it was never some exclusive club or secret society, but a wide circle of people, some of whom i know, and some who i’ve never met, like most wide groups of friends. forgive me for the mild eyeroll i popped when it was brought up as if we’re all blood members of a secret club,” she added.
“really shitty to wake up to headlines about whether or not you’ve jumped ship on someone you deeply respect and ride for,” Lorde wrote. “i want to say one more time that taylor has been there for me in all my dark and light moments these past 5 years, all of them. i feel truly terrible that it would ever seem like i wasn’t faithfully her person.”
“i f—ed up an interview question. now go sip a beverage and head out on a walk,” she advised. See her full note below.
— Lorde (@lorde) July 7, 2017
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