Lorde: 'I found fame and criticism of my looks overwhelming'

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 16, 2017

The listening session in NY last night saw just 50 people get to listen to the album, mostly fans who responded to a tweet asking them to email her requesting tickets to the event.

'I remember being made aware of my looks and my body in a way that I had never been.

In a new interview with NME, Lorde, whose sophomore album Melodrama drops tomorrow (June 16), says that her catapulting into the limelight at such a young age really messed with her head and almost sent her into hysterics. "How did I get all this way without knowing I had far-apart eyes?" If anything, I've slowly been getting less famous since Royals was really big.

But during the initial hysteria over her and "Royals", Lorde says, "It rocked my foundations and could have f***d me [up], you know?" Which is totally cool for me ...

With age comes maturity, and the singer - real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor - believes her forthcoming album has a newfound emotional honesty that reflects her life-changing four years in the industry.

"I was able to return to my family and shelter against [the negativity] and get to where I am now", she reflected.

'I suck at being famous.

"When it was happening, I was quite overwhelmed by it".

Of her new music, she said: "The first record was "we" and "us". And this record is "I". The singer, who weathered technical difficulties during her performance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival on Sunday (11Jun17), promised a "new level of frankness" with her forthcoming release.

For the full interview see NME magazine, available for free tomorrow.

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