Lorde was only 13 when she was signed to Universal Music, and just 16 when her debut album “Pure Heroine” exploded on the charts with such hit singles as “Royals” and “Tennis Court”. Looking back at those tumultuous teenage years, the pop phenom — now 20 — admits that she was particularly vulnerable at the time when it came to nasty, body-shaming comments made about her.
In an interview with NME, Lorde opens up about how hard she was hit by body-shaming remarks and insulting comments about her appearance as “Pure Heroine” rocketed up the charts.
In fact, she tells NME that she was surprised to see some people point out things about her appearance that even she hadn’t considered.
“I remember all these kids online, I think I beat their favourite people to number one [on the music charts], and they were like, ‘F**k her, she’s got really far-apart eyes.’ I remember being like, ‘Whoa! How did I get all this way without knowing I had far-apart eyes?’ Just weird s**t like that,” she says.
Reading what others had to say about her appearance, she explains, “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,” she adds.
However, she says that she now feels like that level of negativity has diminished, as has her reaction to it.
“When it was happening, I was quite overwhelmed by it,” she says. “But that was a long time ago,” Lorde says. “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. And that’s fine.”
She also reveals that taking a long break between albums and retreating to her native New Zealand helped her to come to terms with her newfound fame.
“I was able to return to my family and shelter against that and get to where I am now,” says Lorde. “I feel so comfortable in myself.”