Lorde apologises for ‘really insensitive’ comments about autoimmune disease and Taylor Swift friendship

'I fucked up and that was really insensitive'

Lorde has apologised for “really insensitive”  comments she made about autoimmune disease when discussing her friendship with Taylor Swift.

The pair have long been close friends, with Swift even holding Lorde an elaborate 20th birthday party. Now in a new interview with The Guardian to discuss her acclaimed new album ‘Melodrama‘, the New Zealand star explained the dynamics of their relationship.

“It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies,” said Lorde. “There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.”

Lorde and Taylor Swift

Lorde and Taylor Swift

Then, a number of fans took online to complain at the analogy, with one in particular pointing out that Swift and Lorde’s friend Selena Gomez suffers from the autoimmune disease lupus. Lorde then replied: “Didn’t mention Taylor, but regardless, I fucked up and that was really insensitive. I’m sorry.”


Discussing that it’s like to a member of Swift’s ‘squad’ with the likes of Haim and Selena Gomez, Lorde said: “It’s an element of wanting to stick together. Because it can be so scary to do this.

“These friendships, they’re about having a hand put on your shoulder by someone who knows. They’re about hearing, ‘I’ve done it, too’. And it’s never a bad thing to have someone who can empathize with what you’re going through. It’s an element that doesn’t need to be at the core of every friendship, but it definitely doesn’t hurt.”

As well as appearing at Glastonbury 2017 this week, Lorde’s upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

26 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
27 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
30 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre
1 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
2 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy