Raise your hand if you have some special friendships in your life, which you sometimes find difficult to explain to other people. Kiwi singer Lorde, fresh off of her excellent sophomore album Melodrama, found herself in some melodrama in her own after attempting to explain some of her more high-profile friendships.
In an interview with the Guardian, writer Tom Lamont asks Lorde about the difficulty in maintaining an A-list friend group. Importantly, he's the one who name-checks a certain Taylor Swift, and he also introduces Lorde's response with a weird little caveat: "In conversation, she plunges into new ideas with the enthusiasm of an undergraduate enrolled on her dream course. She searches for the better-expressed phrase or analogy—which isn't always necessary, because she's very good off the cuff." Okay, dude.
Lorde then responded in her off-the-cuff manner:
"It's like having a friend with very specific allergies. 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."
No matter the intention, the remark is a pretty clumsy analogy. The internet, never one for nuance, had Opinions on Lorde's turn of phrase:
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One user, Stephanie Anderson, tweeted out a headline screencap with the message, "I wonder how her struggles with lupus, an autoimmune disease.feels about this. What an incredibly ignorant analogy to make ." Why Selena? Another Swiftie bestie, the "Bad Liar" singer has also been outspoken about
Lorde then apologized for the larger kerfuffle to Anderson's tweet: "didn't mention taylor, but regardless, i fucked up & that was really insensitive. i'm sorry 🌹"
Celebrity friendships are clearly on another level, but Lorde is exactly the kind of public figure who knows how much weight her words hold, whether in context or, alas, out. Her initial remark may be in questionable taste, but it's a totally classy move for her to publicly acknowledge and apologize for the rare misstep.