Her real name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor. She told The Guardian why she chose Lorde as her stage name (The 'e' is pronounced silently): "I wanted an aristocratic title, but I wanted it to look feminine, like, aesthetically."
Lorde's mother, Sonja Yelich, is an award-winning poet who has been included in the Best New Zealand Poems anthology series several times.
Before writing songs, Lorde wrote fiction. She wrote her first story aged 11 when her dog fell off her balcony and accidentally hanged itself.
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