Taylor Swift and Lorde put rumours of a feud to rest on Monday (November 11). They were spotted dining at Shake Shack on New York's Madison Avenue.
Both singer-songwriters were signed to major labels in their early teens, honed their craft with professional songwriters, and released their debut albums at the age of 16.
In a Faster Lounder profile earlier this year, Lorde remarked that Swift is "so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls. 'I'm never going to be like Taylor Swift. Why can't I be as pretty as Lorde?' That's fucking bullshit."
When the comments made headlines, Lorde clarified her position on tumblr: "I think I cocked that up a bit and what I said wasn't put in context. What I meant was: there's a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and I wish my favourite stars didn't look perfect because I think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they'll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection. TS was the first person I thought of, which I regret. She happens to be good looking, but I think she actually uses her other imperfections in an incredibly powerful and relatable way. Taylor Swift has a very unique vision, which I admire ... I will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that TS is for hers. I admire her very much for this reason."
More recently, Lorde named Swift and Grimes as female artists who offer a positive message for young girls: "There are artists who are incredible role models and that's something that I admire. I love Grimes. I think she is awesome. Not so much through her music, but her sexual politics and stuff is really interesting. I feel like Taylor Swift is a really good role model. The girls who listen to her music are so devoted to her. I think what she's saying is pretty cool. I think it's empowering."
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