Lorde issued a fiery statement over the weekend after several media outlets interpreted her comments in a recent Australian TV interview to mean she and Taylor Swift were on the outs.
"Taylor is a dear friend. I love her very much," Lorde wrote on Instagram. "Really s**tty to wake up to headlines about whether or not you’ve jumped ship on someone you deeply respect and ride for. I want to say one more time that Taylor has been there for me in all my dark and light moments these past five years. All of them."
The pop star went on to say she was referring to David Bowie and Patti Smith, who she'd mentioned earlier in the interview, when she claimed she didn't hang out with her idols. Lorde also defended Taylor's squad.
"It was never some exclusive club or secret society, but a wide circle of people, some of whom I know, and some who I’ve never met, like most wide groups of friends," she noted. "Forgive me for the mild eyeroll I popped when it was brought up as if we’re all blood members of a secret cult.”