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Charli XCX was jealous of Lorde for this reason

Charli XCX just revealed why her jealousy of this artist almost got the best of her.

Charli XCX is definitely one of the internet’s “hot girls.” And she has good taste in determining who else is in her internet hot girl echelon. So much so that she made her music video for “360” as an ode to them, complete with fellow internet hot girls Rachel Sennott, Julia Fox, Richie Shazam, Quen Blackwell, Hari Nef, and Chloe Sevigny to name a few.

And while there’s always room for more folks to join the ranks, Charli previously struggled with comparisons to another artist who also took the internet by storm. In an interview for Rolling Stone UK, Charli dished on her new album brat (and the marketing tactics around it), her upcoming Sweat tour with Aussie icon Troye Sivan, and how she studies online edgy youth culture. But she also got real about her own insecurities, one of them being jealous of New Zealand artist Lorde.

In the interview, Charli disclosed how she was jealous of the success that Lorde and her debut single “Royals” received.

“When ‘Royals’ came out, I was super jealous of the success that that song got, and that Ella got,” Charli said for Rolling Stone UK. “You piece all this stuff together in your brain, like: ‘She was into my music. She had big hair; I had big hair. She wore black lipstick; I once wore black lipstick.’ You create these parallels and think, ‘Well, that could have been me.’”

Both artists released their debut albums in 2013 and while Charli’s True Romance made a dent in the charts in her native UK, Lorde’s Pure Heroine and its lead single “Royals” made her an international success. It also didn’t help that Charli was also mistaken for Lorde in an interview at the start of their careers. But Charli came to realize that she and Lorde were blazing their own trails with music that was unique to them.


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“But it couldn’t have because we’re completely different people,” Charli added. “I wasn’t making music that sounded anything like ‘Royals’. I think you just read what you want into it because you’re feeling insecure about your own work. You get over it and then you try to figure out all the things that are unique about you and you pursue that, and then probably in five months’ time you have a breakdown about something else.”

Charli has proven that pop music needs her. She’s amassed a dazzling pop discography, with songs like “1999,” “Speed Drive,” and her breakout hit “Boom Clap” and had her last album, Crash, hit number one on the UK’s music chart. Not to mention, she’s written for some of pop music’s brightest stars, including Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, and Raye.

Thankfully, there’s no bad blood between Charli and Lorde, and the jealousy that Charli once experienced is far behind her. Not to mention, her philosophy on jealousy doesn’t mean that she doesn’t support other women artists in such a competitive industry. For Charli, being jealous doesn’t mean you can’t champion other women and her collaborations with artists like Lizzo, Kim Petras, Rina Sawayama, Caroline Polachek, Tinashe, Cardi B, Tove Lo, and Lady Gaga prove otherwise.

“Being jealous is somehow wrongly equated to not supporting women or not being a girl’s girl, which isn’t true. You can, I think, experience envy and still be a good person who champions other women,” Charli said, “Jealousy is just not a very sexy feeling, or a sexy characteristic really, is it?”

Brat releases on June 7 and the Sweat tour starts on September 14.

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