Lorde: I Know What’s Cool For Me; “If I Think Something Is Sh*t, I Express That”
Lorde appears on the new ELLE cover and talks about what it’s like to navigate the upper echelons of pop music at just 17 years old.
“A lot of times when people meet me, they’ll definitely try to make me feel young or inexperienced,” she tells the magazine. “Like, ‘It’s all taken care of.’ Teenagers are such a discerning group of people. They’ll immediately sniff out anything that feels contrived.”
She continues, “I’m, like, constantly scanning myself to see if I’m some corporate executive version of a teenager. I’ve developed something of a fearsome reputation. People know that if you talk down to me, I will roll my eyes or whatever.”
The pop star is happy that she seems to have some influence.
“People have told me that I’ve helped them feel confident, like they can say things they want to say,” explains Lorde. “They can talk about feminism in class without people calling them a lesbian. That’s so amazing that I can make someone feel like that.”
How does she find balance?
She tells ELLE, “It’s very specific. I have definitely learned how to be flexible. Before, I would just be like, ‘F*ck it.’ I have such a strong idea of what is cool and great for me. If I think something is sh*t, I express that.”
“But now the circle of people I work with all the time is huge and spans continents, and you have to be quite conscientious,” reveals the singer. “So it’s, like, learning not to hurt people’s feelings. Obviously, I am hanging out with more people now who are not teenage; I’m in different circles. But I am a teenager. My brain is, like, a certain age. Everyone is talking about you. You have to learn not to care as much.”
Being a public figure might be a little bit easier for Lorde than for stars who came up in earlier eras.
She explains, “It’s something people my age have grown up with. You can go on the Tumblr of any young person in the world and see people marketing themselves. Everyone my age is like that now. We’re all hyperaware of how we’re being seen.”
What do you think about what Lorde says?