They may never be royals, but Lorde is definitely James Lowe's Queen Bee.
The 24-year-old photographer has gotten a lot of press in recent months for dating the 17-year-old "Royals" singer, but through it all, he's stayed mum on their relationship -- until now, that is. In a new post on his blog, Ono Field, Lowe shares for the first time what it's like to be dating one of the most famous pop stars in the world.
"I've written, deleted, re-written, and deleted this post at least five times over the past few months, wondering when would be an appropriate time to start writing again," he explains.
"Since originally sitting down to write this post, Ella has become a two-time Grammy winner." (Lorde's real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor.) "She has taken home a Brit too," he brags. "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."
He goes on to talk about how he's changed -- or not changed -- since they started dating.
"My life is probably a lot different now, but it feels normal on the inside," he writes. "Jared Leto said that fame doesn't change you, it changes everyone around you. While I'm not the centre of attention here (and f--k, the times I have, it's never been fun), I do become aware of the people around me and their transparency."
At times, he notes, he's been a target. (Indeed, back in December, Lorde and her boyfriend faced cyberbullying from Twitter users who slammed the photographer as ugly and made racist comments about his ethnicity.)
That said, the negative aspects are "only a small part" of Lowe's world now.
"There is a bright, shining silver lining to this thing I've been exposed to," he writes. One perk? "I've been able to tell tales of the many amazing people I've met along the way -- from fellow photographers, to artists I've always admired and never thought I'd get to meet, let alone have a simple thing like coffee with."
"More importantly," he adds, "I've found a little inspiration from new faces. People I look up to. People whose work I admire so much. For all of this I have to thank the one I look up to the most. Who I admire the most. Who still fills the little voids I try to avoid."