Lorde keeps it real about sex appeal

Last updated 17:57 29/12/2013
Charles Howells
LORDE: 'I'm a pop princess at heart.'

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"The phrase 'teen hottie' literally makes me want to throw up," teen pop sensation Lorde has said in an interview with the New York Times.

Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, spoke to the newspaper about her image, the lyrics of her songs and about not being the typical pop princess.

"Teenagers are more complex than people think,” she said.

Lorde wrote all the lyrics for her debut album Pure Heroine. The lyrics talk of small town New Zealand suburban boredom, teenage life and not being part of a world of material extravagance.

Lorde told the paper that even her producer Joel Little didn't understand some of the lyrics.

“I think that half of the album, he has no idea to this day what I’m talking about.”

She was also asked about her deliberate choice not to include any love songs on her debut album and said that it wasn't for her, just yet.

“Some people love writing about that, and that’s fine. But I personally haven’t found a way to do it yet which is innovative and feels new to me.”

It doesn't mean, though, she doesn't like pop.

"I’m a pop princess at heart."

As for her image, Lorde has crafted a persona based on being anything but a pop princess.

“I would like to think that my public persona comes naturally to me and isn’t that dissimilar to my real way of doing things,” she told the New York Times.

 “The phrase ‘teen hottie’ literally makes me want to throw up.

"I’m trying to make something people my age will care about, trying to keep my peers feeling like I’m doing something for them or representing them in some way."

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