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Lorde Clarifies Interview Response to ‘Squad’ Question: ‘Taylor Is a Dear Friend’

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Hours after the media circulated an interview in which Lorde seemed to denounce her friendship with Taylor Swift, the pop star shared a statement on Twitter clarifying her words about their relationship on Friday, July 7.

“Something of a frustrating thing to have to address online, but here we go,” she began her message. “Taylor is a dear friend. I love her very much. In the interview in question I had just been talking about Bowie and Patti Smith — those were the ‘idols’ I was referring to that I was saying I’m not friends with, not Taylor!”

Lorde also set the record straight on the mysterious, infamous “squad.”

“I’ve always found people’s perception of this ‘squad’ idea frustrating in the past; 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. Forgive me for the mild eye roll I popped when it was brought up as if we’re all blood members of a secret cult.”

“[It’s] really sh—y to wake up to headlines about whether or not you’ve jumped ship on someone you deeply respect and ride for,” she added.

Read her full message, below:

On Friday, Lorde replied to a question about hanging out with her idols, which many assumed included Swift. When the singer answered that she doesn’t “hang out with these people at all,” some took that to mean she does not hang out with Swift.

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