There was a time back in 2013/2014 when Lorde was everywhere. Literally, everywhere. You couldn't escape Royals being blasted out of every radio station, music channel, and TV show.
Four years later, Ella Yelich-O'Connor is back with her Difficult Sophomore Album followup, which isn't proving difficult in the slightest (Green Light is steadily climbing the charts).
To promote new album Melodrama, the 20-year-old has been making the rounds, including giving an interview to the Guardian at the weekend, in which she spoke about being friends with Taylor Swift.
"It's like having a friend with very specific allergies," she said, referring to the difficulties of maintaining a friendship with someone as famous as Swift.
"There are certain places you can't go together. Certain things you can't do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It's like having a friend with an autoimmune disease."
We'd always presumed being friends with the mega-famous would be hard (a "people keep giving me free things and complimenting me" kind of hard), but a disease that brutally attacks the immune system? Um, sure.
Lorde also touched on why the very famous tend to befriend other famous people, thanks to their shared and highly unique experience."
"It's an element of wanting to stick together," she said. "Because it can be so scary to do this. These friendships, they're about having a hand put on your shoulder by someone who knows. They're about hearing, 'I've done it, too.'"
We also learned more about how Lorde recorded most of Melodrama in Lena Dunham's front room. She met American musician Jack Antonoff (Dunham's boyfriend) in L.A., and they bonded immediately over cans of pineapple juice, resulting in their collaboration on many of the songs on the album.
Lorde would fly over from Auckland to Dunham and Antonoff's apartment in New York. "I love that family. That apartment. I'd go there every day, root around in the fridge…There was definitely an element of popping down the hall and Lena being, like, 'What are you working on today?' I felt like their child."