Lorde has opened up about what it was like finding sudden fame – and subsequently, international scrutiny – as a teenager. The singer, who was catapulted onto the global stage at only 16 years old, recently addressed her experience in a new interview, where she discussed the situations she faced as a young woman trying to navigate body image with the whole world watching.
“I sort of kicked [my body] out the conversation,” she explained. “I was pretty intent about that. I didn’t want people to be talking about what my body looked like. I was a kid. And I really wasn’t ‘in’ my body. As a teenager, you kind of wear your body like an outfit that doesn’t fit yet.”
There has been much discussion recently in Hollywood about the difficulties faced by young female stars, with the likes of Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish speaking out about the unique pressures that come with teenage popstar-dom.
But Lorde credited her low-key Auckland upbringing with being able to decline interest or opportunities concerning her body that she wasn’t completely comfortable with.
“I had extremely healthy boundaries around it as a teenager,” she told The Irish Times. “There were just things I wasn’t going to do if they weren’t comfortable for me to do. I wore the exact outfits I felt like wearing. I wore suits. I loved suits. I felt powerful in them. The fact that I sort of did it in a way that felt right for me – that meant I don’t look back and feel f****d up by it.”
The Solar Power singer also admitted that taking her body off the agenda for discussion has meant that she doesn’t face much scrutiny or attention for it now, as she releases her third album at the age of 24.
“It definitely was something I very specifically did not invite. I think it all worked out. How my body looks is not a big centre of curiosity now. Which I think is in part because of the grounding I lay as a teenager. So yeah – I feel good about baby me doing that for future me.”
Here’s hoping conversations around young bodies drops off from public discourse altogether.