Beginning her music career as a teenager, New Zealand-Croatian songbird Lorde (pronounced Lord) took the world by storm in 2013 with the release of her debut single Royals. Royals broke many records, making Lorde the youngest solo artist since 1987 to score a Billboard Hot 100 topping single.
In her breakout year, Lorde won four New Zealand Music Awards and 2 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Lorde continues to churn out critically acclaimed records, sweeping numerous coveted awards in her native New Zealand and giving American singers serious competition. She has 40 wards and counting…
Lorde Biography/Wiki (Age, Family)
Lorde was born as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor on 7th November 1996, in Takapuna and raised in Devonport. Her father Vic O’Connor is a civil engineer of Irish descent while her mom Sonja Yelich is a poet who has Croatian roots. Lorde has three siblings, sisters Jerry and India and brother Angelo.
From a young age, Lorde showed interest in theater much to the delight of her poet mom who supported her all the way while exposing her to different genres of books which Lorde has credited helped her with her songwriting skills.
At school (Belmont Intermediate School), Lorde began singing and together with her friend Louis McDonald, won the school’s annual talent show in 2009. The pair developed a singing duo “Ella & Louis” and began singing at cafes.
McDonald’s father like Ella’s mom was supportive of them so much so that he sent a recording of them to Universal Music Group’s A&R, Scott Maclachlanho would sign Lorde on for development.
Throughout 2011, Lorde trained with vocal coach Frances Dickinson hired by UMG to help hone her singing skills. During the same period, Lorde improved on her songwriting. By November 2012, Lorde self-released her debut EP The Love Club EP, through her SoundCloud account. The record was downloaded freely 60,000 times before UMG released it for sales in March 2013. Royals was released as a single from the EP in June 2013 and the rest is history.
Lorde’s debut studio album Pure Heroine was released in September 2013. She was chosen to record the soundtrack album for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Her first single from the album was “Yellow Flicker Beat.” After a three year hiatus, Lorde returned with a bang with the release of Melodrama in 2017.
The rapid success that Lorde has achieved is simply amazing. In her breakout year, she was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, a list that ranks successful people making a tremendous impact in their respective niches.
In November 2014, exactly a year after she inked a $2.5 million publishing deal with Sony Music Entertainment, Lorde’s net worth was estimated at NZ$11 million which has almost the same value in USD.
Lorde in January 2016 bought herself a $2.84 million 4-bedroom mansion in Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand. Until the purchase, the music star had lived with her parents.
2013 was the year for Lorde not only professionally but also in her love life. By the end of that year, she had entered into a relationship with photographer James Lowe. But dating high profile musician comes with its own cross. Lowe, born in 1990 became a victim of cyber-bullying and paparazzi couldn’t pass on an opportunity to snap his comings and goings.
By March 2014, Lowe who is also a New Zealand native took to his blog named Ono Field to pen a heartfelt post about his relationship with Lorde. In the post which he titled “Everybody Returns Some Day,” Lowe starts by mentioning Lorde’s accolades before confessing how much he misses her while she tours.
“Currently she is on the opposite side of the world on tour. As much as I miss her, I couldn’t be prouder of what she has achieved so far…” the photographer wrote.
Lowe described his experiences with cyber-bullying as a blessing stating; “negative aspects are only a small part of my world now,” adding that there is a “bright, shining silver lining to this thing I’ve been exposed to.”
Despite Lowe’s positive tone about his experience with the media, their relationship took a hit in 2015 when they split up. It was a sad experience for dear Lorde who did a Taylor Swift by penning her feelings in the song Green Lights. As she told Zane Lowe on his Apple Beats 1 Radio show, her break up from Lowe was her “first major heartbreak.”
After their split, Lorde was rumored to be dating Universal Music Promotions Director Justin Warren after paparazzi cameras spotted them hanging out on the beach in New Zealand. However, Warren immediately debunked the rumors. “Ella and I have worked together for years and we’re good friends. Any rumors of us being ‘a pair’ are ridiculous,” Waren said.
In early 2018, Lorde was romantically linked with her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. However, like Justin Warren immediately debunked the rumors via a post on his Twitter page.