Lorde apologizes for 'autoimmune disease' Taylor Swift friendship analogy


Do enough press for your new album and chances are that you'll say something at some point that will rub someone the wrong way. Case in point: in an interview with The Guardian over the weekend, Lorde compared her friendship with Taylor Swift to having a "friend with specific allergies. There are certain places you can't go together... it's like having a friend with autoimmune disease."

That comment drew a harsh response from one Twitter user, who on Monday (June 19) called Lorde out for using a medical term to describe her musical pal. Stephanie Marie, editor of the Australian site SBS Sexuality, wrote, "I wonder how @selenagomez feels about this. What an incredibly ignorant analogy to make @lorde."

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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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Gomez, also friends with Swift, suffers from the chronic autoimmune disorder Lupus. Lorde, who answered the question about Swift but never actually said her name in her answer, was clearly mortified by how the analogy was misinterpreted and offered a sincere apology for any offense.

"@stefinitely85 didn't mention taylor, but regardless, i fucked up & that was really insensitive. i'm sorry."


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