January 1, 2014 17:43

Lorde warns against calling her a 'teen hottie'

New Zealand star says she takes particular offence at the term but is 'sex-positive'

Lorde warns against calling her a 'teen hottie'

Photo: Charles Howells/Press

Lorde has warned people against calling her a "teen hottie".

The New Zealand star told the New York Times that she takes particular offence at that term, but insisted she's not anti-sex.

In an interview with the New York Times, the New Zealand singer said: "The phrase 'teen hottie' literally makes me want to throw up. I'm a pop princess at heart. Pop is about distilling what you want to say and making it easy. And the way I write isn't about making things easy. It's a weird juxtaposition.

She added: "People like to paint me in a certain way, but I'm a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don't think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It's not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn't felt necessary for me."

She also stated she had made things difficult for herself by being determined in her career so far. She said: "I would like to think that my public persona comes naturally to me and isn't that dissimilar to my real way of doing things. I've turned down easily tens of millions of dollars doing what I do and saying no to things that I think are corny."

Last month she unveiled a surprise single 'No Better'. In November, it was revealed that the 17-year-old had signed a publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing worth $2.5million (£1.56 million). It was reported that the record company is keen for the singer to collaborate with their other signings, including Diplo and The Weeknd, and write songs for other artists.

Songs Music Publishing president Ron Perry told Billboard: "She's going to be a really big songwriter outside of Lorde. She's going to have a lot of big songs out there as Ella (Yellich O'Connor), she's a once-in-a-generation type artist."

Lorde's single 'Royals' made her youngest female US chart-topper in 25 years and also the first person from New Zealand to score a US Number One. 'Royals' has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. 'Pure Heroine' as also been tipped in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.

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