She also shares a few details about her pre-fame years, from breaking into boats with friends to getting pelted with a rotten pear in high school. Here are five things we learned about Lorde before she was famous.
She Wasn't Afraid to Break Into a Boat or Two
"I live in a beach town, and there are these boats that sit on land, and we would break into them," Lorde says. "We'd sit in them all night, doing Ouija boards and telling secrets. I remember that feeling so vividly, like, 'We are here. It's us against everything else.'"
Lorde Has Always Shared a Bedroom (Until Recently)
After sharing a room with her sister for years in her family's home in Devonport, New Zealand, Lorde finally has her own room. Lorde is one of four children -- she has two sisters (Jerry and India) and one brother (Angelo).
She's Always Had Her Own Style
"Style is something you just have," her mother, Sonja Yelich, tells Billboard. "And Ella [Lorde] had it from the beginning."
Despite Singing About Alienation, She Was Not Alienated
"As weird as I am with communicating, I actually did have a lot of friends in high school," Lorde explains.
She Wasn't Bullied in High School, But…
Although Lorde says she "never got bullied," she does recount an incident where someone at school threw a rotten pear at her during lunch. "It hit me so hard in the stomach that it exploded everywhere," she laughs. "Look, you don't have to do anything in high school to get a rotten pear thrown at you. It's just what happens, and if you're annoyed about it, you are silly."
Read Lorde's full Billboard cover story when it's out Friday, Oct. 31.