Star: Lorde is a ‘total diva & hypocrite, she’s obsessed with her looks’


I’m not sure if we’ve ever gotten around to using these photos of Lorde at the ARIA Awards in Australia in December. I’m really sorry that I don’t remember these pics at all, because they made me laugh. I actually like Lorde – I think she’s talented and interesting and I like that young girls have a “different” kind of pop star to choose from. That being said, Lorde is completely and utterly typical of a certain teenage stereotype: the goth intellectual teenager. In case you think I’m shading her, let me admit: I laughed at these photos because I think I had this exact outfit in high school and I often wore it TO SCHOOL. And I probably walked around in this outfit, carrying my copies of Sylvia Plath’s Collected Poems and JD Salinger’s Franny & Zooey. And when I got home, I listened to Jane’s Addiction and I was so pleased with how “deep” I was and how I was so much smarter and cooler than everyone else. That’s where Lorde is right now. It’s a phase. A really funny phase. And yes, she’s going to be embarrassed about some of this stuff ten years from now.

But for now, little Lorde is all of 17 and she’s super-deep and that’s fine. Now we know she’s really “arrived” because Star Mag has a “Lorde is such a diva!” story.

Singer Lorde is living up to her name, sources tell Star. “She’s a total diva! She feels she’s so deep and everyone else is just shallow and oversexed,” snipes a source close to her. “But yet she’s obsessed with her looks, always fussing with her hair and eyeliner – she’s a total hypocrite!”

She also made a few enemies on the set of her video for her latest hit.

“She put the hair and makeup people through hell and treated the crew terribly… she would hardly even acknowledge them when they spoke to her.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Again, she’s 17! Of course she’s kind of pretentious and hypocritical and self-absorbed. I think that described most 16 and 17 year-olds. I also think there’s something else at work here: Lorde is still trying to figure out where she belongs in the industry, which is difficult because she’s still figuring out who she is as a person. My read? She’s scared and overwhelmed by the attention she’s received and she’s still figuring out what’s expected of her. Or, hey, maybe she IS a diva.


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  1. Latisse says:

    YES! She is totally going through a: why can’t everyone be as uncompromising, AUTHENTIC, and awesome as me right now. I went through that too, I would be ashamed if cameras were around capturing all the asinine things I said.

    I do think she needs to stop criticizing her peers and instead concentrate on doing well for herself. But I think the wisdom to keep quiet and know that the world doesn’t always need to know your opinion will come with age.

    Right now she’s a little smug, a little insufferable, but weren’t we all at that age? Anyway, I know I was.

    That being said, she needs to quit with all the dark makeup as it ages her terribly. She doesn’t look 17 in that picture, she looks at least 25. No bueno.

  2. Kali says:

    She’s a 17 yr old in the music industry. Of course she’d be obsessed with how she looks. Honest question – would the likes of Star ever call out a 17 yr old male pop star for being obsessed with how they look? Not trying to start off a massive discourse or anything, just honestly wondering. Personally, I wish she wouldn’t beat that glorious mane of curls into submission like in the pics above.

  3. Seymour Butts says:

    Siomething tells me she’s just an asshole.
    No matter what age.

    • Erinn says:

      This. I’ve suspected this since the first interview I’ve read/seen. She’s just as contrived as ANY other star, and I think it’s almost worse because she’s so hypocritical about it. Everything she says seems to be a case of “LOOK I’M DIFFERENT. PAY ATTENTION.”

    • Latisse says:

      Remember when Britney, pre-dirrty Christina Aguilera were all the rage and Avril Lavigne was manufactured in direct response to that. Essentially to scoop up all the teen girls who were sick of Britney and Christina. It was like, look teens, this one is a brunette!!! And she wears men’s ties!!! AND BAGGY PAAAAAANNNNTS!!!

      Similarly I think Lorde was manufactured in response to pre-twerk Miley, pre-rehab Demi, and Selena Gomez. It’s like: look teens this one has curly hair! And she wears black! AND SHE’S A FEMINIIIIIIST!!!!

      That being said: I think Lorde thinks she is being authentic and doesn’t recognize how completely manufactured she is too because she is young.

      • Frida_K says:

        In response to this, and to your previous comment up-thread:

        Latisse, you are awesome! Love these comments!

      • Lucy says:

        Gotta love it when people look down on teenagers for being what they are: young.

      • Scotchy says:

        You are absolutely on the money!! I am in that industry and for every contrived pop star is an equally contrived anti pop star, they just stagger the anti pop star arrival in order to make us think its “unique” She has been groomed for this most likely since her early teens. It’s sad but the music world today is pathetic.

      • Latisse says:

        LOL! I’m so glad I’m not the only one that thinks this, it’s so funny because I was thinking about all the similarities yesterday when Lorde’s Rolling Stone profile came out. I was thinking how I remember reading a very similar Avril Lavigne profile when I was in my teens.

        I looked up the picture of the Avril Lavigne RS cover, and on it, she is touted as “the Britney Slayer”. Within Lorde’s RS cover story, she is called the “anti-Miley”, on the cover she is touted as the girl who broke all the rules.

        Also both were discovered around 16/17. Both heavily promoted for writing their own songs which differ greatly from their contemporaries.

        And most hilariously, look at the song Avril became famous for: Complicated. It’s all about how she can’t stand how people are fake and act/dress/talk differently than how they really are: “Why do you have to go and make things so complicated? I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else. Gets me frustrated”

        Look at Royals: it’s all about how people feel like they have to emulate the fake lifestyle promulgated by entertainers. Lorde asserts (like Avril before her) that she is better than that: “And we’ll never be royals (royals). It don’t run in our blood, That kind of luxe just ain’t for us. We crave a different kind of buzz.”

        Both girls assert that unlike everyone else who is trying too hard, THEY are authentic.

        There are more similarities but I’ll stop going on and on. Instead I’ll end in the immortal and hilariously prophetic words of Avril Lavigne:

        “Chill out, what you yellin’ for? Lay back, it’s all been done before. And if you could only let it be, You will see…”

      • StaCat1 says:

        Exactly. Those of us old enough to remember the various incarnations of Lorde over the years know – when you’re young you think you are unique and original. And then with age you quickly realize you really were unoriginal.

        In 20 years (usually a “where are they now” article) I am guessing she will roll her eyes at the things she said–don’t we all?

    • Jem says:

      Yeah I get that vibe off her too.

    • Happy21 says:

      I agree. I have kept my feelings to myself though because she’s just a kid and I feel bad about saying that about someone so young because I’d like to think it’s just what we are seeing not the real her.

    • Jh says:

      Yep. That’s true. And I think the hype is totally overrated.

  4. some bitch says:

    She should stop being so obsessed with her looks and stand up straight. What horrible posture! It ages her more than the dark clothes or makeup ever could.

    • Anna says:

      I’m kind of digging this vampire look.

    • ldub says:

      @some bitch LOVE your name! lmao

    • Shannon1972 says:

      It’s high faaaaaaaashion, dahling. Don’t you know slouching is chic? ;)

      As an aside, I can’t shade Lorde for her attitude, as I was just as insufferable at her age. My parents still laugh at some of the ridiculous things I said, and looking back, I wasn’t remotely as smart as I thought I was. Just thank goodness none of it was captured on film, or for the whole world to see.
      Lorde will probably look back someday and cringe at her pretentiousness. And as a young fashionista, I posed the same way for pictures. I had the long black hair and dark lipstick too! I thought I was the EPITOME of alternative chic, LOL! Yeah, pretty embarrassing. :)

      • Louminary says:

        exactly, she’s 16 for god’s sake! Can we at least lay off the children? Those who don’t really know yet who they even are? Teenage girls are notoriously horrible creatures, famous or not. But they grow up.

        I am all for cynical snark and shade, but I think there has to be an allowance for age

  5. Neffie says:

    Has anybody ever done a background check lol can’t believe she is 17.

  6. Dani2 says:

    She sounds like a lot of teenagers I know tbh (my 17 year old self included) – poor me, why can’t everyone be as deep as I am? They don’t get it, blah blah blah.

    That being said though, she does need to swallow a humble pill or two. She’s put some good music out there but she’s not perfect.

  7. blue marie says:

    Who isn’t a hypocrite at that age? (I try to live true but even now there are times I find myself being a hypocrite) And switch the dress out for pants and that was me at her age. Wonder if she’s wearing knee high Doc’s underneath (man I loved those boots)

  8. Anna says:

    umm…this is a story from Star magazine. Take it with a grain ya’ll

  9. elo says:

    Ugh somebody wash her hair, chisel that lipstick off, and make her stop slouching. She looks like Wednesday Adams, and not in a good way.

  10. henderswife says:

    I went through this too like most teenage girls did. She is under a microscope too which is making it more difficult. I do wish she would get a spray tan though. Just to see if she likes it. Ya know, switch it up a bit….try something different.

  11. Josephine says:

    Too many harsh comments for a 17 year old and an article from Star magazine. Are we so anxious to bash people that this is what we stoop to? She’s not goth for Heaven’s sake — in any other pic of her she looks like an average teen. Let’s save out condemnation for people who actually do something wrong. Spouting off as a teen is part of being a teen. She’s not advising violence, drug taking, or whoring yourself out. Adults need to get a grip.

  12. V4real says:

    Well we heard a lot about Brit and Aguilera when they were Lorde’s age but we didn’t hear that they were hard to work with at 17. People are going to make excuses for Lorde because they adore her. First she’s so smart and mature for her age and on the same token say but she’s only 17. They’re going to say well it’s coming from Star Mag, that story can’t hold any truth. Yet I believe if it was someone they didn’t like say Miley she would be getting ripped apart.

    Who knows this could be a flat out lie but Lorde has already said and done things that makes her look like a hypocrite. I ma get labeled as a Lorde hater but I said from the jump something was off about her.

    • Anna says:

      No one is making excuses for her. Simply pointing out that this article is far from the truth. How is she a hypocrite, again? She speaks her mind and because she’s a teenager, people discount her.

      • V4Real says:

        When we read the first post on Lorde she went on about her distaste for photoshop. Yet that pic that was featured of her was photoshoped to death. It really didn’t look like her. Also a lot of young people in this industry speak their minds or perhaps say things that they shouldn’t and we are constantly telling them to STFU. Miley is a good example of this. Why is Lorde exempt from critism? If Miley or Selena so publicly called another person in the music industry gross, they would have been torn to shreds by us. I just don’t find her authentic that’s all. It seems like a sham.

      • Lucy says:

        Maybe because the things Lorde says make a lot more sense than what Miley and Selena say. As for the photoshop thing, I doubt that was on her.

      • V4Real says:

        Look ladies I’m not trying to get into a heated debate over whether Lorde is authentic or not. I stand by my opinion (and that’s all it is, my opinion) that there is something off putting about her and she doesn’t seem legit.

        We are not going to agree on everything. I’m sure there are celebs I love and you guys my have different views of them. You are entitled to feel that way as I am entitled to feel the way I feel about Lorde.

        Look how many adored JLaw on this site but lately she has received some backlash and a few STFU. I still like her but I can’t get upset that others are beginning to think she is full of it.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I’m actually seeing a lot of irritation towards her on this thread, V4Real, which is fine.
      I happen to like her but I’m not gonna waste time defending her.

      I’ll just say this: she’s young, she has plenty of time to prove/disprove herself. In my opinion? So far, so good. *shrugs*

    • cs says:

      You know Vreal I agree with 90% most of your comments.. Although I stood back and laughed at the CS imposter (stealing my moniker) ripping you apart on the Brad/Angelina a couple of months ago.

      You rock!!

    • jinni says:

      I agree 100%. I never liked how she just came out on the scene and started smack talking everyone. Like, can you at least have a couple of successful albums under your belt before you start acting like you are the queen of the industry. If she didn’t like what the other artist were saying through their music there are much more tactful ways of going about it. I always felt that she name dropped all of those people to garner attention and interest in finding out more about her. Pure pr. It was sad how most on this site took her David Guetta comment about him being “gross” and automatically started implying that he must have done something untoward to her for her to say that.

      Plus she is a hypocrite. How are you going to rag on other female artists and say their work isn’t feminist or send out a negative message to girls, yet hang out with Taylor Swift. Taylor’s work and image aren’t chock full of feminist ideals either.

    • Leila in wunderland says:

      But ANY celebrity can easily be called a diva (or worse) in some tabloid. Why? Because we know that fame tends to bring out people’s natural self-absorption. ‘They’ know that because of that fact, people expect famous people to be entitled and bitchy, and that expectation makes it easy for people in the tabloids to say that someone is a nasty person or exaggerate. This isn’t based on my opinion on Lorde, though. Tabloids and the people who spread rumors to them do sometimes rely on public perceptions for their stories.

    • manta says:

      I’m with you on it and it’s not hate.What bothers me the most is the type of excuses made for her: “I was so like that at her age”, “it’s normal at 17″.
      I can undertsand the smug-poseur-pretentious part that often goes with being a teenager, I probably had my moments but no excuse can be made for being rude to people who work for you (if this part is true). Every teenager I know is capable of acknowledging someone talking to him (well maybe not always his parent, but a member of a staff definitely or there’d be a storm believe me)
      Not being able to be polite at this age is not “struggling to find who you are”, you’re already ill-mannered and it has nothing to do with age.

  13. Happyhat says:

    She’s posing how I used to pose when I was her age. I can almost hear my mother going “Stand up straight…at least try to smile!!” and me rolling my eyes and sighing.

    Actually…that’s still how I stand when my mum asks to take a picture of me.

  14. RememberThe'80s says:

    I’m really getting an Addams Family vibe here…..

  15. Brown Eyed Girl says:

    I always fussed with my hair/makeup when I was 17. Now, you are lucky to get me in eyeliner before I head to Walmart for some coffee creamer this morning. Its youth, you are supposed to obsess over yourself at that age because everything you are feeling is all heightened and hormoned out. it eventually settles down when you realize you are not the center of the universe

    she did some interview where she said she looks like gollum and its so true.

  16. gg says:

    She’s dressed like a polygamist at a funeral.

  17. NerdMomma says:

    Kaiser, you and I had the same high school experience, lol.

    I love Lorde’s dress and look in these pictures. I think she looks fab. I also think comparisons to Wednesday Addams are favorable! Let the gal have fun, can’t you Star magazine??

  18. Whitney says:

    Something about her reminds me of Tilda Swinton, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. The eyes, maybe?

  19. DameSnark says:

    Wow in the second photo if you look quickly she’s really channeling the silent film actresses from the past. Creepy cool.

  20. Thunderthighs says:

    Such terrible posture.
    That’s all I’ve got.
    I do love ‘Royals’ though! :-D

  21. Eleonor says:

    I am really enjoying that photo: I was the same, once I’ve watched photos of my teen years in full goth-makeup force “muuum how could you let me hang out like that !!!!” and she’s answered me “Did I have a chance?”
    Seriously she can be a “know-it-all” boring teenager, but she is one of the few teenager in the business who acts and looks like a real one.

  22. Maria T. says:

    I am so embarrassed to say that in my high school yearbook photo, I am holding a cigarette and pensively leaning against a tree! So, yeah, she’s 17 and thinks she’s deep. At least I haven’t seen her labia or nipples or tongue. And so far she’s avoided a Terry Richardson photo shoot. You do you, girl.

  23. Helvetica says:

    I love this dress. It’s gothic and matronly and chic.

  24. tifzlan says:

    Would it kill her to smile?

  25. Feebee says:

    Wow can’t believe some of the comments. She’s 17! Newsflash! Just because she’s said some things that have stood out that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have shyness or self conscientiousness issues.

    Don’t compare her to Britney et al, that’s apples and oranges or kiwis and americans.

  26. Lucy says:

    MASSIVE eye-rolling at some of the comments I’m reading here. As for the article…yeah, not buying it. God forbid she cares about her appearance. I can already imagine what everyone would say if she didn’t care. Girlfriend just can’t win, huh? As for her interviews? She has never come off as “freaky”, nor “intellectual goth” to me, but as a normal, smart, and pretty cool teenager who happens to be outspoken about her opinions, yet harbors some insecurities typical of her age and the industry she’s in.

  27. cs says:

    I’m sorry but she’s the oldest looking 17 year old I’ve ever seen. Goth and all she looks closer to late 20′s, early 30′s.

  28. Maritza says:

    What terrible posture and her outfit reminds me of Morticia Adams and I think Morticia looked better.

  29. Ryan says:

    I kind of hope she is an just an asshole and an unapologetic one at that.

  30. Rhiley says:

    “Teams” is my jam right now on the treadmill.

  31. ZigZagZoey says:

    Well, this is weird….There was an article about her on here @month ago, and one of the first comments said
    “She is so gorgeous.”
    I was like What?
    She looked cute at first, but she keeps getting less attractive.
    It just made me think maybe she wrote it herself on here if she really is obsessed with her looks!

  32. P.J. says:

    Wow. A completely overhyped celebrity who is not only a huge hypocrite but also happens to be obnoxious behind the scenes?! *SHOCKING*

    I kind of like this girl’s music but what I cannot for the life of me understand is that an entire industry of adults as well as adult fans are taking to heart the opinions and grand standing of a SIXTEEN/SEVENTEEN year old child! I mean, seriously?! You’re going to let a surly teenager start telling you how you should and should not be living your life? If you want to do that why not just hang out at a local high school and start asking a few sophomores and juniors about their deep thoughts on life and for guidance? (See how ridiculous that sounds?) LOL. Lorde’s newfound fame doesn’t make her any different than those kids. Please.

  33. gg says:

    I don’t quite understand why she looks so depressed in these shots. Her head is definitely down.

  34. Karolina says:

    I was exactly like that…when I was 13, 14, 15 though. But I was a very early bloomer mentally and was overly dramatic, philosophical and “deep”. Listening to Radiohead, watching Twin Peaks, reading Hermann Hesse and being sooo “different”. Thank god at 17, 18 I was already relatively sane and not so super pretentious anymore, but Lorde is either as some stated created as an answer to Taylor Swift etc or she is just very young.

  35. Leila in wunderland says:

    I don’t think she’s as manufactured as people think. She seems to be a little more self-aware and opinionated than other celebrities her age. Only time will tell. I’m not surprised that she’s a little obsessed with her looks, as a young woman in the entertainment industry. I don’t think she’s a diva, though. She can probably just be moody. Anything less than warm and inviting can be seen as thinking you’re above people when you’re a public figure.

    • Maureen says:

      When I look at celebs I automatically assume they’re ALL manufactured to a greater or lesser degree — even the ones I like. I think they all fake parts of their persona for the public. I mean, if people can say Jennifer Lawrence fakes her “aw shucks, ordinary girl” persona then there’s no way Lorde is 100% authentic either. Personally, I don’t care for Lorde because I’m turned off by her brand of teen. Call me old-fashioned (and so provincial!) but I like young people who are sweet and earnest and a little unsure of themselves. I don’t care for this dark, sour, know-it-all act.

  36. Annie says:

    Who even knows about her being a diva, I am just completely distracted by the fact that she is visibly slouching. Like hardcore slouching.

  37. Jane says:

    For Pete’s sake, she’s 17. End of story.

  38. moon says:

    I think she’s just precocious. And as a girl, I object to the fact that fussing with your eyeliner and makeup every so often makes you obsessed with your looks. Having multiple plastic surgeries and adopting an eating disorder is obsessing with your looks, adjusting your make up and wanting to look presentable is not.

  39. Naddie says:

    I used to look like that in pictures when I was at her age. Thanks Lorde, now I feel oficially represented!
    And yes, she’s Avril Lavigne 2, with a better voice and music.

  40. Caroline says:

    I’m 22-a good five years older than Lorde, and she looks at least five years older than me. It’s not just the makeup either, its like her skin is sagging for some reason, and her hair needs a wash.

  41. brionne says:

    I have a hard time believing this woman is only 17. She has the facial lines and slight sagging of a 38 yr old.

  42. brionne says:

    Maybe she is slouching and holding her head down to hide the fact that she’s 50 and menopausal.

  43. Lauraq says:

    You weren’t that kind to Taylor Momsen when she was 17 and annoying. So your problem is with…skin?