It has been two days since music and fashion icon David Bowie has passed, and tributes in the form of photos, artwork, and sentiments have been pouring in all over the web. However, it was Lorde’s extremely personal letter (written after shedding tears and gulping down whiskey) about the first time she met Bowie that touched our hearts more than others.
“It feels kind of garish to talk about oneself at a time like this, when the thing that has happened is so distinctly world-sized,” she wrote. “But everything I’ve read or seen since the news has been deeply intrinsic in tone, almost selfish, like therapy.”
Lorde then recounts the night she met him, when she was still new to the scene and adjusting to stardom. After performing at a Vogue benefit honoring Tilda Swinton, Lorde was approached by Anna Wintour, who said that David Bowie wanted to meet her.
“I’ve never met a hero of mine and liked it,” she wrote. “It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can’t enjoy it. David was different.”
That night, she wrote, something changed in her. “I felt a calmness grow, a sureness,” she wrote. “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.”
Read Lorde’s touching letter to David Bowie below:
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
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