Sorry, Birthers: Lorde’s birth certificate proves she’s really 17 years old


Did you know there are Lorde Birthers? It’s true. If you’re unaware of this “birther” phenomen, then you live a wonderful life. “Birthers” are people who don’t believe a particular person is telling the truth about where or when they were born, and those non-believers demand to see the birth certificates. And when the birth certificates are provided, Birthers then go off on an even more insane tangent about how the birth certificate was falsified. The most famous Birthers are those people who question whether President Obama was REALLY born in Hawaii in 1961. Even after he released the long-form birth certificate, people still question it.

As for Lorde, I don’t think anyone is saying she wasn’t born in New Zealand. Lorde Birthers just believe that she’s not really 17 years old, that she’s actually quite a bit older. Well, Lorde Birthers will have to eat their words! Her birth certificate has been released (by The Hairpin) and for real, she’s only 17 years old and she only turns 18 in November. The evidence:

lorde BC

So, will this be the end of speculation? Of course not. But I’m glad that some people are having fun with it:

lorde fake

It’s all fun and games until people start boycotting Lorde’s concerts whilst holding signs saying “go back to Kenya!”

Also, something nice – after the Grammys, Lorde flew back home to KENYA New Zealand. She received a hero’s welcome, and she took out a full-page ad so the New Zealand Herald would print out her hand-written thank you note to all of her fans for supporting her and helping her win two Grammys.

lorde open letter

Photos courtesy of The Hairpin, WENN.

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  1. minime says:

    Some people should really get a job…or a life.

  2. Hannah says:

    It’s only a matter of time until Trump gets involved.

  3. MissWilson says:

    She’s gorgeous and so lovely.

  4. Sixer says:

    Oh! I only clicked because I thought what the Jesus and Mary Chain is a birther! And then I got the gift of that tweet. Fantabulous. My bestestestest thing this entire week.

  5. paola says:

    This is a GREAT achievement for the beautiful country of New Zealand!
    New Zealand is one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever seen and I’m really happy for them :)

    • Camille (TheOriginal) says:

      Thank you. :)

      Peter Jackson also did marvelous things (great PR) for our country as well :) .

      • paola says:

        Yes! the Hobbiton is one of the most visited places in the north Island! Where do you live?

      • Camille (The Original) says:

        I live in the lower North Island of NZ :) . You?

      • paola says:

        i live in Italy.. I was in NZ for a while.. backpacked through north island and south island.. and i loved every second of it.. I loved Wellington so very much, and also Queenstown and Tekapo. I think is one of the best places i’ve seen in my life (and i’ve traveled a lot!)

    • Kath says:

      Yep, as an Aussie I agree – NZ is awesome. We insult each other all the time, but that’s because we’re family :-)

  6. Neffie says:

    So thats her real name, is that a kiwi name?

    • AG-UK says:

      I don’t think a Kiwi name Yelich (mother- E Europe maybe) O’Connor (Irish Dad)

      • cr says:

        Her mother’s parents are from Croatia, which is probably where the spelling of ‘Marija’ comes from.
        So, if Neffie means Maori as Kiwi, she’s not listed on the BC has having any Maori ancestry, nor do I think any of her names are Maori.

      • Lou says:

        There’s no such thing as a Kiwi name. There’s tons of different ethnicities here.

    • Maha says:

      “Kiwi” is quite a loose term there, considering the amount of ethnicities in New Zealand! I’m a Pakeha (European) New Zealander, from an area with a large Croatian population, so yeah, Yelich and Marija would both be Croatian names. My family is built up of English, Dutch, Croatian, Maori, Chinese-Malay, Tongan and Zimbabwean, and I would consider all their names to be “Kiwi”. Maori and Kiwi aren’t interchangeable terms, I know many families with an -ich/-ic surname whose family has been in NZ for 100+ years.

  7. Esti says:

    How intensely pathetic does someone need to be to spend their time concocting conspiracy theories about a 17 year old girl simply because she’s talented and finding a lot of success?

    Lorde’s note, on the other hand, is very sweet. I don’t really follow her, but everything that Celebitchy has posted about her is really making me a fan.

  8. QQ says:

    Christ, people are awful, the internet was throwing real shade at her during the grammy, fwiw i think is a combination of things:

    Her VERY strong point of view and self possession and music (think about it, we don’t immediately think of Adele as Taylor Swift’s Contemporary)

    Her preferred garb (black olsen-like Clothes, dark lips)

    the whole not being tan and ditzy bubbly thing

    All the things that i basically LOOOOOVVEE about her make her read “older”

    • Happyhat says:

      I was thinking that. It’s as if none of these people have been to school with goths.

    • Lark says:

      I love Lorde, and the internet vitriol sucks. I really had to check out of ONTD for a while (they’ve gotten pretty hateful and nasty in general) because they way the were snarking on a 17 year old was way harsh for me.

  9. Observer says:

    I didn’t know you could lie about your age today….it seems so easy to dig up information now a days. And someone must have gone to school with you or know you…I mean, how do you hide something like age today!? It seems almost impossible to me unless you’ve lied since birth I guess.

  10. Nicolette says:

    I don’t get it. Would it have made a difference if she was older? She’s not trying to perpetuate a ‘teen bride’ calamity ala Courtney Stodden after all, she’s a singer.

  11. ray says:

    that note is so cute and lovely. i love lorde.

  12. bettyrose says:

    Her hair makes me weep tears of joy.

  13. Katiekat says:

    That ad she took out was fabulous! Nicely done.

  14. ToodySezHey says:

    She is a very old looking 17. The eyes are youthful and then it all goes haggard.

    just unfortunate bone structure.

    • Lucy says:

      How is it unfortunate? It is different and pretty striking, but in no way unfortunate. Just give her a couple more years.

    • MarBear says:

      I probably wouldn’t use the term unfortunate……for me it’s a combination of things that make her look and seem older. 1. her strong facial bone structure. When I worked retail their was this high schooler that was hired after me. I was in college but everyone always guess her as the older and me as the younger. Why? because of her facial structure. 2. Her dark makeup and clothes 3. her interviews and finally 4. her dour expressions. you have to admit even if you like her that in a lot of photos she doesn’t smile. In a few years she will probably grow more into her looks.

      • Lucy says:

        I know she doesn’t smile often in photos, but I don’t think she’s necessarily saying “blah, I’m too cool to smile”. It could always be because she feels a bit insecure and self-conscious. Pretty common in people her age (which is ironic, considering so many people think she’s older than she says).

  15. Lucy says:

    She’s AWESOME and deserves everything she’s gained so far. That’s all.

  16. JojoAnn says:

    Well, she doesnt look 17 to me. I feel bad for her but that face, body and posture look nothing like 17.

  17. Mylene - Montreal says:

    my god ! she wrote like 6 years old kids

  18. here's Wilson says:

    I love her music… that being said the first thing I thought when I say her was damn! she looks haggard….

  19. Lucky Charm says:

    Compared to U.S. teens (heck, even 20 somethings!) she is more mature and has a good head on her shoulders, that’s probably why people think she’s older. In New Zealand, young adults are probably raised with emphasis on “adult”, unlike here which tends to place more importance on “young”, unfortunately.

    And I would give anything to have that fabulous hair!!! Mine is just stick straight, although that probably makes it easier to braid. :-)

    • Lucy says:

      Exactly! At the same time, it’s easy to see she does share several qualities with other 17 year-olds. You see it in her still not completely developed posture and in how shy she is when she’s not performing, amongst others. The problem is that, for all of those who think she’s older, there’s a huge group of people who dismiss her and her talent and/or opinions just because she’s young. As if young was equal stupid or something.

    • yup says:

      You have no clue.

  20. janet says:

    Ouch….what will she look like at 40??!! I thought she was at least in her mid thirties.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Most likely, she’ll look fantastic. As she gets older, she will grow into her features and then she’ll look younger than she really is. Some people just look older until they grow into their face.

      And I wish I had that hair! :-)

    • Kali says:

      She could look quite similar!!! I know that I looked about 25 when I was 13 and I’ve only really started to “catch up” to my bio age of 28.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Come on. It isn’t as if she has wrinkles and jowls or other signs of age on her face. She just has a maturity that is unique. I think she is a very beautiful girl with great bone structure.

  21. Bob's Momma says:

    There was a music festival that Lorde was supposed to headline in New Zealand on the day of the Grammys but because of her nominations she was unable to make it so instead she put on a concert a few hours after arriving back home. Everyone I know that went now want to be her best friend.

  22. St says:

    But she really looks 35 most of the time. It’s hard to believe that she is 17. I don’t really care. But I roll my eyes when I saw her at Grammys. The best way to prove age is when her classmates would show her pictures with them. You can’t deny that. When some 17 years old would post mutual picture and say they were going to one class.

    • Camille (The Original) says:

      A few nights ago on NZ news there were some of her best friends/class mates talking about her and her success, they are all still in High School. Sorry but this girl really is *only* 17.

  23. Caroline says:

    She looks older than 27…come on