New Zealand-born pop star, Lorde, came under fire Thursday after posting a tone-deaf photo of a bathtub with the caption, “And iiii will always love you” — a clear reference to Whitney Houston. Now, the 21-year-old has issued an apology for her choice of words.
“Extremely extremely poor chosen quote,” Lorde wrote on her Instagram story. “I’m so sorry for offending anyone — I hadn’t even put this together I was just excited to take a bath. I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again.” Lorde has since deleted the original post, later adding to her Instagram story, “IT IS NOT MY FKN DAY TODAY.”
Whitney died in 2012 when she accidentally drowned — a result of heart disease and longtime cocaine abuse — in a bathtub in Los Angeles. Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, died in a similar manner three years later.
Prior to her apology, people commented on the snap and slammed the “Green Light” songstress for being so ignorant. “Whitney was a legend. She was amazing. She was a queen. She was a strong black woman. I like Lorde but this is truly disgusting,” one person tweeted. Another asked, “C’mon, Lorde, out of all the lyrics to use for your bathtime you use Whitney lyrics… Like for why??”
Many, however, came to her defense. “Lorde is probably sitting in the tub not realizing what she just did.” A second agreed writing, “Don’t think there’s anything sadder than Lorde being excited to take a bath on her day off, just to have the entire Internet come after her for a short period of time because she used the wrong quote for the wrong occasion.” Oh, lord. Give her a break?