Lorde continued her whirlwind publicity tour in the wake of releasing her third studio album Solar Power by gracing the cover of Vogue‘s October issue.
Lorde looked glamorous in the profile’s stunning seaside photos, including the cover image, which showed her wearing nothing but a Schiaparelli top featuring golden flowers strategically protecting her modesty.
Golden beauty: Lorde graced Vogue’s October issue cover in a glowing gold floral top from Schiaparelli on Wednesday. The 24-year-old singer opened up about not feeling like a true pop star
The flowers, which featured metallic stems tied across her midriff, got an extra surreal touch thanks to a mouth and an eye placed in their centers.
The reluctant pop star sparkled in a reflective silver Marni gown that fluttered in the breeze.
She wore her raven tresses wet and casually slicked back while spreading her arms gracefully.
Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) got her toes wet in the surf while wearing a white sleeveless Alexander McQueen dress decorated with elegant gray floral stitching and a sheer tiered skirt.
Glowing: The reluctant pop star sparkled in a reflective silver Marni gown that fluttered in the breeze
By the sea: Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) got her toes wet in the surf while wearing a white sleeveless Alexander McQueen dress decorated with elegant gray floral stitching and a sheer tiered skirt
The Royals singer looked more relaxed in a sleeveless Balenciaga gown that reached down to the ground.
She paired the shimmering silver item with modest Tiffany & Co. earrings.
In her interview, Lorde expressed ambivalence about her status as a pop star and an esteemed songwriter.
‘I’m great at my job, but I’m not sure I’m the man for the job,’ she mused. ‘I’m a highly sensitive person. I’m not built for pop star life.
‘To have a public-facing existence is something I find really intense and is something I’m not good at,’ she admitted. ‘That natural charisma is not what I have. I have the brain in the jar.’
Elegant: The Royals singer looked more relaxed in a sleeveless Balenciaga gown that reached down to the ground
Luckily, her fans seem to have gotten used to her spending so much time out of the spotlight between album cycles.
‘For whatever reason people have allowed me to say, Okay, I’m going to come and do the thing — do the shoot, do the red carpet, speak to the journalists, put the music out — and when I’ve done it to the point of total exhaustion, when I have completely quenched that thirst, I’m going to go home, and you’re not going to see me for two or three or four years.
‘I’ll be doing the other thing, which is being there for every single birthday and dinner party and cooking every single meal and going on every single walk and taking every single bath. And when I’ve done that and I’m like, all right, that’s enough of that for a little while, I’ll come back again.’
The hitmaker opened up about leaving Los Angeles in the wake of finishing her second album Melodrama and heading home to Auckland.
‘California was a Cadillac Escalade. All these beautiful young people drinking all this tequila,’ she said. ‘Then I’d come home to Auckland for two weeks and have a massive blowout party at my house, and have some romantic entanglement happening that was very compelling and confusing, and then sort of leave in a cloud of smoke and go and write about that, then repeat the process.’
Out of place: Lorde expressed ambivalence about being a pop star. ‘I’m great at my job, but I’m not sure I’m the man for the job,’ she mused; seen August 20 in NYC
Once she was back home, Lorde adopted a retriever mix named Pearl and started working on the garden of the home she bought just outside the city when she was 18.
During the summer months, she and her friends rented out a seaside house on a cliff.
The experience of getting away from it all made her feel more youthful than she ever did when she was first experiencing international success at age 16.
‘I was so serious and shy and tough,’ she said of her early days. ‘And I think that coming home, having a second record under the belt, I just felt like I could relax and play.
‘I don’t know — something started to happen, and it was all to do with spending time outside,’ she added.
Youthful: She said going home before recording Solar Power made her feel young at last. ‘I was so serious and shy and tough,’ she said of her early days. ‘And I think that coming home, having a second record under the belt, I just felt like I could relax and play’; seen in 2018 in NYC
Lorde also revealed her reasons for ditching most of her social media presence.
‘I could sense that it would be very bad for the work and for me if I stayed online,’ she explained. ‘I don’t think I’ve met too many people for whom social media is a net positive. It’s producing crazy chemicals, forming crazy neural pathways that are not rooted in positivity.’
Even though she was able to step back from her social accounts, the songstress admitted that not everyone had that ‘privilege.’
‘You don’t want to be the person shaking their finger, and I’m totally aware that it’s an immense privilege, a social privilege and kind of an economic privilege to be able to abstain. But I think we’ve got to be upfront about the things that are making us sick as a society.’
After getting a friend to help block social media sites on her phone, Lorde has accepted that she’ll never be up to date on the latest memes or talking points.
‘I think I was known for having my finger on the pulse, so it was actually a huge decision philosophically for me to step back from that,’ she admitted.
Collaboration: Lorde recorded Solar Power with Taylor Swift’s regular producer Jack Antonoff. ‘Jack listens really well,’ she said. ‘He’s in therapy. He’s good to talk to about the kinds of things that people writing deep s*** into a song want to talk about’
The New Zealander artist spoke positively of her collaboration on Solar Power with superproducer Jack Antonoff, who has worked extensively with Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey.
‘Jack listens really well,’ she said. ‘He’s in therapy. He’s good to talk to about the kinds of things that people writing deep s*** into a song want to talk about. I think there’s an understanding with us that we’re going to do this for a really long time, and it’s going to be one of the great relationships of both of our lives.’
She also looked back to some of her early influences, most notably the short story writer Raymond Carver.
‘Carver was huge for me because the parlance was so domestic, and the words were really basic, and there was such economy,’ she shared. ‘I understood that someone was speaking to me the way people speak to one another. I didn’t feel intimidated by it, and that was probably the beginning of my understanding of myself as a popular-culture maker.’
Finding a home: While musing about her fan base, Lorde said she was pleased that her music was so meaningful to many listeners in the LGBTQ community; seen in 2017 in NYC
When it came to music, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake inspired her early on.
‘I think it’s a better test of people’s skill for something to be really clever and really simple,’ she said of their music. ‘That impresses me because I know it’s harder.
‘I had friends who were like, “Oh, you mean you don’t understand the polyphonic intricacies of The Mars Volta?” There was a lot of highbrow musicality around me in my friend group, and I was like, I don’t know anything, I can’t play anything. I’m smart, but that’s not doing anything for me.’
While musing about her fan base, Lorde said she was pleased that her music was so meaningful to many listeners in the LGBTQ community.
‘I have a big young, queer contingent to my fan base, which is so divine to me,’ she gushed. ‘You think you know what your kids will be like — you think they’ll just be like you, like, a million little yous. In the same way that if you wrote a book, maybe you’d imagine it would only be interesting to people like you. But it’s different.’
Despite having a sometimes-dark outlook, she was optimistic about her relationship with her fans, even if she does have to take long periods away from the spotlight between albums.
‘I have much cynicism,’ she admitted, ‘but not about what I know to be the alchemical thing that happens in my work. The work is very powerful to people. My fans are young, and I just know that they look to me for a lot emotionally and spiritually. But it’s an attachment like any other. You want it to be a healthy one. It needs to be right for both of us, and there needs to be that understanding that mummy does go away to the other room, and she will come back!’