Not liv­ing it large, says teen singer

It’s pretty tame – Lorde

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NEW YORK: Lorde may never be a royal, but th­ese days, she’s liv­ing like one.

The 17-year-old singer, anointed to the lofty po­si­tion of pop’s new­est princess thanks to her as­tute hit song, Roy­als, is sur­rounded by the ma­te­ri­al­is­tic things she rails against in her No 1 smash. She has driv­ers, she’s catered for and says she could get “crazy bot­tle ser­vice” if she so de­sired.

“The irony is not lost on me,” she said in a re­cent in­ter­view.

Yet just be­cause she’s sur­rounded by ex­cess doesn’t mean she in­dulges – or is even in­ter­ested in – it.

“Ev­ery time I go out, it’s with my mom and my band and my man­ager and all th­ese adults who are look­ing over me pretty much, so it’s pretty tame to be hon­est.

“I def­i­nitely don’t feel like I’m liv­ing in a par­tic­u­larly ex­trav­a­gant sort of way – which I think is good be­cause I think for me, per­son­ally, if I was thrown into that kind of thing, I wouldn’t know how to deal with it,” she said.

“I think it’s good to kind of keep on keep­ing on – just do what you have nor­mally done and sort things into a stride.”

It will be hard for Lorde, born Ella Yel­lich O’Connnor, to keep on liv­ing a nor­mal life if her strato­spheric tra­jec­tory stays on point.

In just a few months, she’s gone from be­ing a New Zealand teen with an EP and an im­pres­sive fol-

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