On last night's Tonight Show, Lorde performed the exuberant “Perfect Places” from her new album, Melodrama. More importantly, she confirmed one of the strangest celebrity rumors of recent memory: She was the mastermind behind OnionRingsWorldwide, an Instagram account solely devoted to rating onion rings.
When host Jimmy Fallon pressed Lorde on the rumor, she let out a deep sigh before confessing. “Here’s the thing. I sort of naïvely didn’t realize it would be, like, a thing. ... Oh god, it's me, it's me!”
Lorde's cover was blown earlier this week by sleuthing reporters at New Zealand’s NewsHub. Now she’s deleted the account altogether because she doesn’t want to “turn it into a whole thing” and risk fans throwing onion rings at her on tour ... which is fair enough.
“I feel like it reads like the kind of thing that a pop star would do to look relatable,” Lorde said. “Which I wasn’t doing. It was a funny thing with my friends on the tour. ... It was fun for like five seconds.”
She did, however, graciously leave us with a bit of onion ring wisdom: “A batter works better than a crumb,” she said, further advising that pickling the onion before frying it makes the snack more “magical.” Yum.
So, alas, as she heads out on her Melodrama world tour this year, Lorde will have to judge her onion rings in silence, like the rest of us. Sorry girl, the internet ruins everything.