She's young and hot!

She shot to fame with the hit sin­gle “Roy­als” but Lorde isn's just a wall­flower with witty lyrics- she has some­thing to say apart from the mu­sic.

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Is there a hot­ter act on the in­ter­na­tional scene at this mo­ment than New Zealand’s very own Lorde? The an­swer is no. Hav­ing signed with Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic at the young age of 13, Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Con­ner, has had an im­pres­sive run of ac­co­lades and ac­knowl­edge­ments lately. Top­ping nu­mer­ous bill­boards with her sin­gle “Roy­als” and al­bum Pure Hero­ine, sold-out in­ter­na­tional con­certs and win­ning the 2013 Sil­ver Scroll Award with pro­ducer and writ­ing part­ner Joel Lit­tle (you may recog­nise his name from Good­night Nurse). Then there were four Grammy nom­i­na­tions (and a live per­for­mance at the awards cer­e­mony) – and to top it all off, she was re­cently named in in­flu­en­tial Amer­i­can mag­a­zine Forbes for its an­nual 30 Un­der 30 list. Pretty im­pres­sive for a 17-year-old from Auck­land’s North Shore. Mak­ing just as many head­lines as her mu­sic are her hon­est – and of­ten con­tro­ver­sial – opin­ions. “I have pretty strong morals and opin­ions about be­ing in pop mu­sic, and I can’t help but ex­press those, which I think people ap­pre­ci­ate,” says Lorde. “I mean, I don’t think I say any­thing that isn’t backed up. Most of the time I will stand by things that I’ve said.” We do love a girl who doesn’t apol­o­gise for be­ing her­self. So, what has Lorde been say­ing? Well, these are some of her thoughts…

On So­cial Me­dia…

“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.”

On Deal­ing With The Me­dia…

“I think people don’t re­alise how weird it is to go from be­ing a teenager… to hav­ing ev­ery­thing you say scru­ti­nized and taken out of con­text. But now I’ve kind of got a han­dle on it. now when people are like, ‘Tell me what you think of Mi­ley!’ I’ll say, ‘What do you think of Mi­ley?’”

On Child 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!’”

On Her Rise To Fame…

“Six months ago, no one knew who I was and now fans chase my car. But I’m never go­ing to change or let fame get the bet­ter of me. I can’t touch al­co­hol at my age and I’m not sure I even want to when I’m older. Go­ing to crazy places like LA makes me ap­pre­ci­ate the life­style I have in New Zealand even more. I don’t think I could ever live in LA. The place re­ally in­fects people – if I stay there for too long I start be­ing a freak… When I go home, I’m back be­ing teenage Ella – catch­ing up on school work and gos­sip­ing with my friends.”

On Kanye West…

“I’ve al­ways re­ally liked Kanye and I met him on [UK show] Later… with

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.”

On Fem­i­nism…

“Even now, I find a lot of fem­i­nist read­ing quite con­fus­ing – of­ten there’s a set of rules, and people will be like, ‘Oh, this per­son isn’t a true fem­i­nist be­cause

“I’m never go­ing to let fame get the bet­ter of me”

they don’t em­body this one thing’, and, I don’t know, of­ten there is a lot of grey area that can be hard to nav­i­gate. It’s just some­thing that I as­sumed was nat­u­ral for a long time. It’s not some crazy kind of alien con­cept to me.”

On What It Means To Be A Hater…

“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 per cent good, you’re a ‘hater’, even if you have per­fectly rea­son­able grounds for that cri­tique.”

On Her Sin­gle “Team”…

In that song, there are a few lines which are kind of me be­ing the ‘real­is­tic’ pop star: ‘We live in cities you’ll never see on­screen,’ which is like, no one comes to New Zealand, no one knows any­thing about New Zealand, and here I am, try­ing to grow up and be­come a per­son. I’ve been coun­ter­ing that with go­ing to New York and see­ing this place that’s in ev­ery movie and ev­ery TV show. Part of me wanted to go back to writ­ing for me and for my friends, and write some­thing that I felt re­lated to us a lit­tle bit.”

LORDE IS PRETTY MUCH LIKE EV­ERY OTHER FUN-LOV­ING 17-YEAR-OLD.

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