Lorde, 17, was asked to comment about her contemporaries in a recent Rolling Stone interview and she didn’t mince words.
She dissed Bieber and Gomez for not being “real teenage voices” and said Gomez’s hit song “Come & Get It” was anti-feminist.
Oddly, Selena says in a new interview in Seventeen magazine that the song was empowering for her.
“I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote,” she said.
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“Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to have ‘Come & Get It’ be amazing. I wanted it all to be me.”
The song is off her debut solo album Stars Dance. It was critically praised and was her first single to break into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 6. It reached No. 2 on pop charts based on radio airplay.
Her video for the song has been viewed 206 million times on YouTube.
“I wanted this to be the first single,” she told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show. “It exudes… confidence and strength and that is something I’m willing to share with the world; that’s the place I want to be in,” she said.
Lorde also talks about being confident, although she seems to err on the side of over-confidence.
“I’ve always been into the idea of confidence,” the 17-year-old says. “Even my stage name is kind of cocky or grandiose.”
Selena is philosophical about the diss.
“I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, ‘She doesn’t like me, but Lorde,'” she said.
“I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things. Some day I will see her and we’ll be cool.”