Lorde Apologies For Insensitive Comments On Autoimmune Disease After Bad Reaction From Fans
Lorde is facing huge backlash following her comments about her friendship with Taylor Swift being like an ‘autoimmune disease’.
The 20-year old told The Guardian how difficult it is to maintain a close friendship with an A-lister like Swift.
But her comparison to the condition that affects 50 million Americans alone hasn’t gone down very well.
The ‘Green Light’ singer explained,
It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies.
There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do. There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease.
And while the New Zealander didn’t mean to cause offence with her comments, she’s proved very insensitive.
As a result, one fan tweeted the chart-topping singer asking her how she thinks fellow pop star Selena Gomez – who suffers from lupus disease – would feel about what she said.
Twitter user, Stephanie Marie, shared a link to Buzzfeed‘s take on the story, saying,
I wonder how [Selena Gomez] feels about this. What an incredibly ignorant analogy to make [Lorde].
— Stephanie Marie (@stefinitely85) June 19, 2017
But the tweet caused Lorde to speak out on the matter and go on to apologise for her inconsiderate words.
She even says she didn’t directly mention Taylor Swift in the interview too.
[I] didn’t mention [Taylor], but regardless, I f—ed up [and] that was really insensitive. I’m sorry.
didn't mention taylor, but regardless, i fucked up & that was really insensitive. i'm sorry 🌹
— Lorde (@lorde) June 20, 2017
And other fans echoed the notion that Lorde has been very unsympathetic in her comments.
Not to be ‘that’ person. [Please] don’t [compare a] friend to autoimmune disease – unchosen – yet have [to] suffer with [it].
— Queen of Dolce (@PeaceLoveDolce) June 20, 2017
But most of her followers were happy to see the talented singer had apologised so quickly.
Aww [baby] I love that you apologised… we all have our worst moments.
aww bby i love that you apologized…we all have our worst moments
— joey (@kissednkilled) June 20, 2017
I love Lorde immensely, but she did f–k up. Don’t be blinded by your fave, ever. Also, she apologised gracefully! Good on ya, Lordie mwah.
I love Lorde immensely, but she did fuck up. Don't be blinded by your fave, ever. Also, she apologized gracefully! Good on ya, Lordie mwah
— Broken Heroine (@kevinmise) June 20, 2017
While another sufferer of the condition thanked Lorde for her apology and hoped it would make people understand more about the disease.
Thank you from a disabled fan [with] an autoimmune disease. Hope you learn about about ableism and grow from this.
The ‘Royals’ singer, real name Ella, won big at the iHeartRadio MuchMusic Awards in Canada this week.
She grabbed the trophy for International Artist of the Year, with Joe Jonas presenting her with the award.
Thank you, I want to say thank you so much. Canada was one of the first places to go, ‘hey, we like this little weirdo’, so thank you.