Earlier this month, the singer came under fire when she likened her friendship with Taylor Swift to spending time with someone with an autoimmune disease. Now, the 20-year-old has revealed that she definitely doesn’t consider herself to be part of Taylor’s infamous “squad” of famous friends.
Speaking to Sunrise TV host David Koch, Lorde revealed that she doesn’t “think too hard” about mingling with A-listers, because if you start doing so, “you’ll just go insane.”
“Also, I don’t hang out with these people at all,” she went on to say. When the host questioned this, noting “Hang on! You’re a part of Taylor’s squad,” she appeared to visibly cringe and groan, before following up with a cryptic answer: “I mean, you make friends in different places but for the most part I’m not like, calling up my idols for advice necessarily.”
Speaking to The Guardian to mark the release of her second album earlier this month, the singer discussed the challenges of being close to someone who is internationally famous. While she didn’t name check Taylor directly, her comments were taken to allude to the 1989 star.
“It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies,” she explained. “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.”
Social media users were quick to point out the insensitivity of Lorde’s comments, with one Twitter user pointing out that Selena Gomez, another close friend of Taylor, suffers from lupus, an actual autoimmune disease.
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Admitting that her analogy had been severely misjudged, the singer responded to criticism, replying with: “Didn’t mention Taylor, but regardless, I f—ked up and that was really insensitive. I’m sorry.”
Elsewhere in her Guardian interview, the singer discussed how her famous friends have acted as a support network and helped her to navigate a career in the public eye.
“It’s an element of wanting to stick together,” she continued. “Because it can be so scary to do this. These friendships, they’re about having a hand put on your shoulder by someone who knows. They’re about hearing, ‘I’ve done it, too.'”
This article originally appeared on Grazia.