Star speaks for first time about online abuse
Michael Baggs

09:22 23rd January 2014

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New Zealand star Lorde has discussed the vicious Twitter abuse she suffered in 2013, after attacks and insults were made towards her and boyfriend James Lowe.

In December 2013, Twitter was flooded with aggressive messages regarding the singer and her boyfriend, attacking the couple's appearance in racist tweets. Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Lorde has discussed the abuse for the first time, saying she was affected by the insults.

The chart topper claims the people who sent the message are "the type of people who use the word 'f----t as an insult," adding that despite her cool exterior, she was hurt by the abuse. "[I'm] not completely impervious to insult," she adds. "I'm a human being."

The singer also discusses her friendship with US star Taylor Swift in the new interview, but also says that she is not quite as self-assured as she portrays herself, and a lot of her perceived strength is little more than a front.

"I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado," the singer continues. "The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it strange or intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in meetings: strength."

Examples of the abuse experienced by Lorde can be seen below.





Below: Lorde, we salute you - her  most insightful quotes to date

  • When asked if she wants to work with David Guetta: "No. Fuck no. He's so gross."

  • "I think women who say, 'No, I'm not a feminist - I love men,' I think that is just...You don't know what it means. You think it means that, 'I don't shave under my arms, I burn my bras. Fuck men!' How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you?"

  • "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls."

  • "Everyone is so obsessed with how everything looks, how the party will look through a lens the next day. We all have Tumblr and we all have Instagram and everything. People care so much about it because, now, any random can be famous on the internet if their world looks good on Tumblr."

  • "She’s great, but I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: "I'm nothing without you." This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff."

  • On ex-Disney stars: "The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience. I am way less inclined to be like, ‘Look! I’m f**king mental!'"

  • "I'm a feminist so certain things about music I find frustrating. I think pop is scarily powerful. There are a lot of shock tactics these days: people trying to outdo each other, which will probably culminate in two people f**king onstage at the Grammys."

  • "I've always really liked Kanye and I met him on Jools Holland. He was wearing a grill on his lower teeth and I had this barely suppressed desire to rub the grill. I didn't rub the grill."

  • "I think there's a funny culture in music that's only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn't 100-percent good, you're a 'hater,' even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique."

  • "I love rap music because it just makes me feel way cooler than I really am."

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