Lorde on Meeting David Bowie: 'I Was Proud of My Spiky Strangeness Because He Had Been Proud of His'

Lorde and David Bowie
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Lorde and David Bowie at MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit in New York on Nov. 5, 2013. 

In November 2013, David Bowie made a rare public outing to celebrate the 53rd birthday of friend and kindred spirit Tilda Swinton. At that event, he would be introduced to a then-17-year-old singer/songwriter from New Zealand named Lorde.

And according to Lorde, she was approached by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at that party and told that Bowie would like to meet her. "I've never met a hero of mine and liked it. It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can't enjoy it," Lorde wrote Monday (Jan. 11) on Facebook, a day after the legendary Bowie died following an 18-month cancer battle. "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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Read her full remembrance below:

When a hero dies, everyone wants a quote. I woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of...

Posted by Lorde on Monday, January 11, 2016

 

This isn't the first time Lorde has spoken publicly about their meeting: In a 2014 interview with Rookie, she said she could "creatively die and just be happy forever" afterward. "For some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other’s eyes and talking, and I was like, This is David Bowie’s hand, what am I doing? It was insane. A beautiful moment."

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