Following the death of David Bowie, Lorde penned a touching tribute to the rocker who she met early on in her career and had a lasting impact on her life. “He was a piece of bright pleated silk we could stretch out or fold up small inside ourselves when we needed to,” Lorde wrote on Facebook.
In her remembrance, Lorde wrote that she performed at a 2013 benefit honoring Tilda Swinton – Bowie’s wife in the video for his “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – when Bowie asked to meet with the “Royals” singer, who was 16 at the time. “I’ve never met a hero of mine and liked it. It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different,” Lorde wrote. “I’ll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes. That night something changed in me – I felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit.”
Although their encounter was brief, it left a lasting mark on Lorde. “I realized everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching,” she wrote. “I realized I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I’m never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances. It’s not going to change, how we feel about him. For the rest of our lives, we’ll always be crashing in that same car. Thank you, David Bowie.”
Read Lorde’s full tribute to Bowie below.