Lorde explains what it's like to be friends with Taylor Swift


Following the release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama, Lorde has become one of the hottest topics in pop. But one of the biggest tidbits fans have known about the 20-year-old for quite some time is her best friendship with Taylor Swift, and in a new interview with The Guardian, Lorde gave insight into what it's like being friends with the "Shake It Off" singer -- in a relatively odd metaphorical way.

"It's like having a friend with very specific allergies," she told the outlet, referring to Swift's mega-star-status that makes her a hot commodity in the public eye. "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."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Taylor Swift and Lorde attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
New Zealander singer Lorde (R) and US singer Taylor Swift pose as they arrive to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 28, 2016. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13: Taylor Swift and Lorde perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour Live at Nationals Park on July 13, 2015 in Washington DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13: Taylor Swift and Lorde perform onstage during The 1989 World Tour Live at Nationals Park on July 13, 2015 in Washington DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Jaime King, singers Lorde and Taylor Swift arrive at the 16th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Recording artist Taylor Swift, musician Este Haim, actress Jaime King, producer Harvey Weinstein and recording artist Lorde attend The Weinstein Company's 2015 Golden Globe Awards After Party with Moet & Chandon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Singer Lorde, model Karlie Kloss, singer Taylor Swift and singer Sam Smith in the audience at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Singers Lorde, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singers Lorde (L) and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) Recording artists Taylor Swift, Lorde and guest take a selfie at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/MTV1415/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Singers Taylor Swift (L) and Lorde attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Lorde and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/MTV1415/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Taylor Swift and Lorde attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 25: Recording artists Lorde (L) and Taylor Swift attend the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Lucian Grainge at The Beverly Hilton on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Lorde went on to explain that while she still hangs out with her old friends back in her home country of New Zealand, having a close circle of famous friends like Swift is a bit more practical for her in the States. She 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.'"

In the interview, Lorde also spoke about making Melodrama, working intimately on the record with collaborator Jack Antonoff, her rise to fame, and what's next. Read the full article here.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 03: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Taylor Swift attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 10: Taylor Swift arrives at the 64th Annual BMI Pop Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Singer Taylor Swift is seen on August 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by XPX/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Taylor Swift seen on the streets of Manhattan on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Taylor Swift leaves Tamarind restaurant on September 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Taylor Swift is seen in Tribeca on September 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Taylor Swift is seen in the West Village on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Taylor Swift is seen on September 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Taylor Swift seen on October 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Taylor Swift is seen outside 'Lovers Of Today on October 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Singer Taylor Swift is seen in Soho on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Taylor Swift leaves Lourde's birthday party at ZZÃs Clam Bar on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Taylor Swift presents award onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Singer Taylor Swift is seen walking in Soho on August 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 06: Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston are seen at LAX on July 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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