Lorde says Taylor Swift is a 'dear friend' after controversial comments

Lorde has clarified her comments on her friendship with Taylor Swift.

Taylor Swift and Lorde arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016 Reuters

Lorde has clarified her comments on her friendship with Taylor Swift. During an interview with Australian talk show Sunrise, the New Zealand-born singer was asked about mingling with her idols like the Red singer and Beyonce.

The 20-year-old singer said: "The second you think too hard about it, you just go insane, so it's best to be like, 'We're in wonderland. That's just what happens around here.' Also, I don't hang out with these people at all."

When asked about being a member of the Bad Blood singer's squad, she responded: "You know, you make friends in different places, but I think for the most part I'm not, like, calling my idols for advice necessarily."

Lorde took to Twitter to clear her words. She said in her statement: "Wow – something of a frustrating thing to have to address online but here we go. Taylor is a dear friend. I love her very much. In the interview in question I had just been talking about Bowie and Patti Smith – those were the 'idols' i was referring to that I was saying I'm not friends with, not Taylor!"

"I've always found people's perception of this 'squad' idea frustrating in the past; it was never some exclusive club or secret society, but a wide circle of people, some of whom I know, and some who I've never met, like most wide groups of friends. Forgive me for the mild eyeroll I popped when it was brought up as if we're all blood members of a secret cult," Lorde added.

"Really shitty to wake up to headlines about whether or not you've jumped ship on someone you deeply respect and ride for. I want to say one more time that Taylor has been there for me in all my dark and light moments these past 5 years. All of them. I feel truly terrible that it would ever seem like I wasn't faithfully her person. I f**ked up an interview question. Now go sip a beverage and head out on a walk," she concluded.

The Kiwi singer had recently received huge backlash from Swift fans after saying that being friends with her is "like having a friend with an autoimmune disease."