Lorde says ditching social media was “the hardest thing” she’s ever done.
The ‘Solar Power’ hitmaker no longer uses sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube, and has said giving up social media was “horribly difficult” for her because it made her feel “disconnected” from the world at first.
She said: “I felt like my brain wasn’t working very well anymore. It was horribly difficult, the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I was so crabby. I felt so disconnected. But it’s how my life is now.”
Lorde, 24, says her assistant helps keep her in check and makes sure she doesn’t accidentally sneak a peek at what’s happening online.
But there is one app Lorde still loves to use, as she admitted she has become part of the “community” on the New York Times Cooking app.
Speaking during an appearance on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, she added: “I go on the New York Times Cooking app and I look at the comments. That’s become a source of community for me. And you get all these weird little stories. Someone’s like, ‘I make this for my husband when he gets home from work. And he works as this.’ And you like, ‘Ahh.’ Every once in a while, you’ll get some crazy detail.”
Meanwhile, Lorde recently said coming off social media has been “divine”, especially when it comes to her mental health.
She said: “It’s been divine, I really enjoy it. I’m a shy sensitive person.
“It’s a lot of information, I realise how I was just pummelling myself with headlines and thoughts from other people all day and it didn’t give me much room to have ideas or brainstorm things. I’m very grateful for that now.”
However the ‘Royals’ singer did admit at the time that she now struggles to keep up with her friends without a presence on sites like Instagram.
She added: “The only thing I do think is that I underestimated how much of my friends’ loves I kept up with on Instagram. People don’t really tell you what they’re up to, they just tell everyone via a story. That’s how people stay connected. I really have to make friend dates. I’ve been calendaring people’s birthdays now.”