Lorde, the heroine of our modern indie electropop dreams, skyrocketed to fame since the release of her single, “Royals” in 2013. But the songstress from New Zealand did not have an easy time in the spotlight.
A few days ahead of her sophomore album, Melodrama, the singer talked being body-shamed and being trolled online since her rise to fame at the age of 16.
“When it was happening, I was quite overwhelmed by it,” Lorde told NME. “It rocked my foundations and could have f–ked me, you know? I remember being made aware of my looks and my body in a way that I had never been.”
And just like any promising new artist, the now 20-year-old “Green Light” singer has been a target of online bullies.
“I remember all these kids online, I think I beat their favorite people to Number One, and they were like, ‘Fuck her, she’s got really far-apart eyes,’” she recalled. “I remember being like, ‘Whoa! How did I get all this way without knowing I had far-apart eyes?’ Just weird shit like that.”
She added, “But I was able to return to my family and shelter against that and get to where I am now. I feel so comfortable in myself.”
After two Grammy trophies and almost three years without a new album, Lorde has been able to cope with stardom, although she thinks she will never be as famous as when she first grabbed the world’s attention with “Royals.”
“But that was a long time ago,” she said. “If anything, I’ve slowly been getting less famous since ‘Royals’ was really big. Which is totally cool for me.”
“I suck at being famous,” she added. “And that’s fine.”
Melodrama will be available on June 16, featuring her currently released singles, “Green Light,” “Liability,” “Sober” and “Perfect Places.”