Here’s what the 20-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On giving herself the stage name “Lorde”: “I don’t know, it’s a bit boring: Ella Yelich-O’Connor. Can you imagine them shouting it at a festival? It just made sense to me to elevate it.”
On shooting to fame at 16: “Now I can look back and be like, ‘That was f*cked. All of it. F*cked. Insane.’ But everyone’s so crazy when they’re 16. I think if you tell a 16-year-old that they’re going to Mars – ‘We’re gonna get on a rocket and go, and that’s going to be your life’ – they’d be like, ‘OK, like, that’s all well and good, but I’m doing this thing by myself right now, and that’s what’s important.’ Everything kind of normalized week to week.”
On wanting to go back to school one day: “I think that moment’s going to come where I’m like, ‘OK, let’s listen to someone else talk about what it means to be a human being.’”
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