Lorde is opening up about why she’s been absent from social media in recent years.
Speaking with her friend Cazzie David for Interview, the 24-year-old pop star revealed that a number of issues led to her silence on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, including climate change and systemic racism.
“Part of what made me peace out on social media, apart from feeling like I was losing my free will, was the massive amounts of stress I was feeling about our planet, about systemic racism, and about police brutality in this country,” Lorde told David.
The “Royals” singer has remained mostly quiet on social media since mid-2018. In October, she surprised fans with an Instagram Stories post urging New Zealand citizens to vote in the country’s election. “Do it for our beautiful country and for me,” she wrote. “And next year I’ll give you something in return.”
Earlier this year, Lorde also sent an email to her fanbase giving an update about her life amid the pandemic and forthcoming music. Last November, the songstress announced that her upcoming third album would be delayed following the death of her beloved dog, Pearl.
“I started going back to the studio again in December, just for something to do, and to my surprise, good things came out,” she wrote. “Happy, playful things. I felt my melodic muscles flexing and strengthening.”
She concluded the email, writing, “The work is so f—ing good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it.”
Lorde’s last album, Melodrama, was released in 2017. It marked her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.