For a while it seemed like New-Zealand born singer Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) was pretty much all anyone was talking about.
After storming onto the music scene in 2013 with her single ‘Royals’ at just 16, the airwaves were chock-a-block with hit after hit from her debut album Pure Heroine, but it seemed as fast as she entered the limelight she flew back under the radar.
Now the 20-year-old has revealed to Rolling Stone that she forcibly took some much-needed time out from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood as she found that fame had become too ‘normalised’ for her.
"Now I can look back and be like, 'That was f---ed.’ All of it. F---ed. Insane,” she said, adding, “But everyone's so crazy when they're 16. I think if you tell a 16-year-old that they're going to Mars – 'We're gonna get on a rocket and go, and that's going to be your life' – they'd be like, 'OK, like, that's all well and good, but I'm doing this thing by myself right now, and that's what's important.' Everything kind of normalised week to week.”
She also revealed that she still can't help but find the whole concept of fame uncomfortable, saying,
"I am not a good famous person. I am a writer, that is what I am good at. I can build stuff and sing stuff, but I am not good at selling the dream.” She adds, “I hate it and every time it happens to me, I feel unsafe. I still find it very jarring. I feel very lucky that I don't draw attention. I love the fact that I can go play before the headliner at Coachella and then I can be, like, 'Bye-bye! I am going to New Zealand.’"
With her new album ‘Melodrama’ set to drop on June 16, we can’t wait to see what all this ~me time~ has brought to her music.