Lorde apologizes for posting bathtub photo with Whitney Houston lyrics

Lorde’s plan to enjoy a relaxing bath didn’t end well. The “Green Light” singer, 21, came under fire on Thursday, April 5, after posting a photo of a bathtub on Instagram with Whitney Houston lyrics as the caption.

“And iiii will always love you,” she captioned the since-deleted post, using a line from “I Will Always Love You.” The song was originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, but it was made famous by Houston when she covered it for The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992.

The caption was particularly controversial because Houston died at age 48 in February 2012 after accidentally drowning in a bathtub. Heart disease and longtime cocaine abuse were also contributing factors in her death. In January 2015, the music icon’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was similarly found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Georgia. The 22-year-old remained in a coma for nearly six months until she died of lobar pneumonia that July.

Lorde’s Instagram followers were quick to call her out for her post. “Delete this,” one fan commented. Another wrote, “Lorde relaxing in her tub not knowing her entire comment section telling her to delete.”

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Not long after, the “Royals” singer (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor) listened to her fans and took down the post. She then issued an apology in her Instagram Story, writing, “Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote. I’m so sorry for offending anyone – I hadn’t even put this together I was just excited to take a bath.”

She continued, “I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again. IT IS NOT MY FKN DAY TODAY.”

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YUZAWA, JAPAN - JULY 30: Lorde performs onstage during Fuji Rock Festival 2017 on July 30, 2017 in Yuzawa, Japan. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
ROSKILDE, DENMARK - JUNE 30: Lorde performs on stage at Roskilde Festival on June 30, 2017 in Roskilde, Denmark. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Lorde performs on day 2 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 23, 2017 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Redferns)
NEUHAUSEN, GERMANY - JUNE 25: Lorde performs during the third day of the Southside festival on June 25, 2017 in Neuhausen, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Redferns)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Lorde performs at the 2017 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images,) on June 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images,)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Lorde at the 2017 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Musician Lorde performs onstage in celebration of the release of her new album 'Melodrama' for SiriusXM at Bowery Ballroom on June 16, 2017 in New York City. Performance airs live on SiriusXM's Alt Nation channel. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Musician Lorde poses backstage in celebration of the release of her new album 'Melodrama' for SiriusXM at Bowery Ballroom on June 16, 2017 in New York City. Performance airs live on SiriusXM's Alt Nation channel. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 552 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Lorde talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on July 17, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 552 -- Pictured: Musical guest Lorde performs on July 17, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0693 -- Pictured: Musical Guest Lorde performs 'Perfect Places' on June 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 11: Singer Lorde performs onstage during the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts And Music Festival on June 11, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 11: Lorde performs during the 2017 Bonnaroo Arts and Music Festival on June 11, 2017 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Lorde performs onstage during 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 1 at Randall's Island on June 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
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Lorde performs during 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island on June 2, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Singer Lorde attends the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Recording artist Lorde (L) and Sonja Yelich attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp)
CARSON, CA - MAY 20: Singer Lorde performs during the 2017 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta at StubHub Center on May 20, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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