Lorde has left her teens behind! On Monday night, Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, celebrated her 20th birthday with some of her closest pals in NYC. The gathering was orchestrated by longtime bestie, Taylor Swift, and the celeb guests included Karlie Kloss, Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham, Mae Whitman, and Rachel Antonoff.
The pals all dined at Carbone in Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhood. Red and gold balloons covered the ceiling of the hotspot restaurant and a cake was brought out in Lorde’s honour as her friends all sang to her. There were also several giant gold balloons that spelled out “U R 20.”
The Australian singer-songwriter took to Instagram to thank Swift, 26, for the soiree, posting several photos.
“Had the best birthday party I’ve ever had tonight surrounded by my nyc family,” she wrote. “All organised by tay who is as she says ‘a mom with no kids’. i am ur kid and u love me so hard i could burst. here’s to our 3 magic years of best friendship and more moments like this squished between angels.”
Grammy winner Swift mirrored the sentiment, posting a picture of a hand-drawn birthday card for her friend and writing, “Thank you for the music you make, the advice you give, the thoughts you provoke, and the way you’ve made my life more beautiful since the first day we met up in New York and ate burgers on a park bench and got attacked by squirrels.I. Love. You. So. Much. Ella.@lordemusic.”
The singer also shared a shot that featured herself and Kloss kissing Lorde on the cheek and one of her with Ansari wearing matching cat sweaters.
The “Blank Space” crooner attended the bash in a leopard print coat with her brother, Austin, by her side.
Prior to her party, Lorde posted a lengthy message to Facebook about her milestone birthday, opening up to her fans.
“If I’m being real with myself, in some ways I stopped feeling like a teenager a while ago,” she wrote. “Sometime in the last year or so, part of me crossed over. For one thing, I made a very deliberate choice to withdraw for a little while from a public life. I haven’t had my hair or makeup done in a year, the free handbags dried up LONG ago, and the paparazzi at the airport are almost always for someone else. And let me tell you, as much as I love being full noise album cycle girl, it’s been a motherf**king joy.”
For more on Tay’s squad outings, watch the clip below!
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