Lorde recalls what it was like to meet David Bowie

The pair were pictured together, along with actress Tilda Swinton, in 2014

Lorde has described meeting David Bowie prior to his death, saying that the music icon taught her to embrace her “spiky strangeness”.

The pair were pictured together, along with actress Tilda Swinton, in 2014. Uploading a photo to Instagram at the time, Lorde wrote in a caption: “Heroes”.

Now, following Bowie’s sad passing over the weekend, Lorde has taken to Facebook to recall meeting her idol.

“Mr Bowie, I guess right now we have to hang this thing up for a minute,” she writes.

“The night I met him I played at an expensive Vogue benefit with a lot of fresh flowers, honouring Tilda [Swinton]. I was not quite seventeen, America was very new to me, and I was distinctly uneasy and distrustful toward everything happening in my life that was putting me in these flat-voiced, narrow-eyed, champagneish rooms. I played my three songs, thrashing and twitching in platform boots.”

“Afterward, Anna [Wintour] clasped my hand and said ‘David wants to meet you,’ and led me through people and round tables with candles and glasses and louder and louder talk, and he was there.”

“I’ve never met a hero of mine and liked it,” the singer states. “It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different. I’ll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes.”


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“That night something changed in me – I felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit. I realised everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching. I realised I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I’m never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances.”

“It’s not going to change, how we feel about him. For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be crashing in that same car,” she adds. “Thank you, David Bowie.”

Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following an 18 month battle with cancer. He released his latest album ‘Blackstar’ last week (January 8) on his 69th birthday.

An official statement, published on Bowie’s Facebook page, read: “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Amid tributes, Germany has thanked Bowie for his contribution to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rough Trade have promised to donate profits on Bowie album sales to a cancer charity throughout January, and Brian Eno has talked about a last email from Bowie being – in hindsight – a moving goodbye.