Lorde Shares A Poignant Message About David Bowie & How He Helped Shape Her As An Artist

In the hours since David Bowie's death was announced, celebrities and fans alike have come out to share what the iconic singer has meant to them. Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn penned a moving Facebook post about Bowie and the influence he has had on him, both personally and professionally. Celebrities like Kanye West, Ben Folds, and Ruby Rose have all taken to Twitter to share their own messages about the 69-year-old Bowie's passing, proving that this unique, trend-defying star has influenced many and will be missed dearly. Perhaps one of the most powerful statements to come from a celebrity is from pop star Lorde, whom posted a moving Facebook message about the man she declared as her personal hero.

It's not surprising that Lorde considers Bowie an idol: Lorde has always felt like a celebrated outsider when compared to other pop stars, and has been open about her desire to stay as such. Apparently Bowie respected that about the young singer: Lorde told Rookie Magazine in 2014 that Bowie told her that listening to her music "was like listening to tomorrow." The moment deeply moved Lorde, and now that Bowie has passed on, she took to Facebook to share a heartbreaking and poignant message about meeting the "Life On Mars?" singer:

The night I met him I played at an expensive Vogue benefit with a lot of fresh flowers, honouring Tilda... Anna clasped my hand and said “David wants to meet you,” and led me through people and round tables with candles and glasses and louder and louder talk, and he was there.

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. I'll never forget the caressing of our hands as we spoke, or the light in his eyes... 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. I realized everything I’d ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching. 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.

Lorde's beautiful statement reminds us why Bowie's legacy will live on: he encouraged people to step outside traditional boundaries and express themselves in however they felt comfortable. Without people paving the way, artists like Lorde may have never found their own sparkle. We may have lost Bowie this year, but because of him, we have gained so much.