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Lorde says when she's home, "I never feel like the coolest person in the room"

Mark SeligerBecoming a global, Grammy-winning superstar while you're still in your teens is enough to give anyone a huge ego, but Lorde says all she needs to do to stay grounded is to go back to her home country of New Zealand.

"That's why I am so passionate about going home," she tells ELLE magazine for its June Women in Music cover story, now on newsstands. "Most of my friends are people I knew before I was famous."

"I'm very thankful that I never feel like the smartest person in the room, or the coolest person in the room, or the funniest. When I'm there, I'm just there," Lorde, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, adds. "People forget that I've done anything. They say, 'Ella's this weird old dowager with a nice house.'"

Considering that "dowager" is a term that's used to refer to a widow who holds a title or property from her late husband, we doubt that people actually describe Lorde that way, but whatever.

Lorde also talks about how coming from New Zealand made it very hard for her to deal with being in Los Angeles, where everyone's in show business.

“Everyone’s making music in L.A. now -- which is great if you aren’t the shyest, most introverted nerd," she tells ELLE. "I found it a little too social. I made my first record in New Zealand with very little discourse -- I was just my own unit. In L.A., it’s very, ‘Oh, what project are you working on?’ I was like, ‘I need to be out of this.’”

Lorde's new album Melodrama is out June 12.

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