The “Royals” singer Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, first hit the airwaves in 2013, but the notoriously private New Zealand singer-songwriter has faced some skepticism since beginning her career in the music industry . While you might expect the occasional bad review or a subpar song as a fact of life, it turns out that some of the criticism Lorde has received has nothing to do with her music itself.
Believe it or not, HuffPost and USA Today reported in 2014 that some members of the public have expressed concerns about the singer’s age. On the other hand, releases like Deadspin have been sold with the idea of Lorde claiming to be around two decades younger than her actual age since she first found fame. Understandably, the online conspiracy theory has caught the attention of the singer and her fans alike, and many are looking for evidence to prove Lorde’s age in one way or another.
Where did the conspiracy theory come from?
While it’s difficult to determine when the rumors that Lorde wasn’t born in 1996 first emerged, as is widely reported, outlets like Deadspin have added fuel to the age-related fire. Lorde is said to be too talented and mature for her age. One possible starting point for the conspiracy theory is a spoof from the TV series South Park, in which Lorde turns out to be 45-year-old Randy Marsh in disguise.
In this very blatant satire, it is highly unlikely that the writers of “South Park” intended the joke to be taken seriously by audiences. But intriguingly, not only were creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker involved in the joke, but also “Chandelier” singer Sia. The Grammy nominee lent her voice on the original song “Push (Feel Good on a Wednesday)” and told NME, “I thought so [Lorde would] find it funny. Love her!” In response, Lorde tweeted that it was a “score!” (via NME).
On the other hand, the New Zealand native has also made fun of the conspiracy theory herself. At a pre-Grammys party attended by Vanity Fair, the magazine quoted the singer as saying, “Hi, I’m Ella … and I’m actually 45.” While it’s clear that Lorde has one thing in common about the situation sense of humor, some seem convinced that more evidence of Lorde’s age is needed.
Lorde’s birth certificate confirms her true date of birth
Seeking answers about Lorde’s true age, the hairpin decided to take matters into their own hands and requested the information from New Zealand, the singer’s country of birth. The resulting clear text printout appears to confirm Lorde’s maiden name as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor and her date of birth as November 7, 1996.
In addition to this documentary, Lorde has publicly celebrated her birthday on multiple occasions. She, for example, addressed leaving her teenage years in a letter she posted to fans on Facebook for her 20th birthday — interestingly, nothing that “sometime in the last year or so crossed a part of me.” For one thing, I made a conscious decision to retire from public life for a while.” She’s also gifted fans singles from her album Solar Power to celebrate her 25th birthday in 2021 (via ELLE Australia).
In short, it’s safe to say that Lorde didn’t pull off any elaborate ruse. Instead, the alleged age hoax is just another internet rumor that seems to have spiraled out of control, as internet rumors tend to do.