Lorde has apologised to fans after Instagramming a photo of a bathtub captioned with a Whitney Houston lyric.
Lorde posted a photo of a bathtub on her Instagram alongside the words “and iiiii will always love you”—a lyric from “I Will Always Love You.” Whitney Houston’s version of the song—penned by Dolly Parton in 1973—became a huge hit after it featured on the soundtrack of The Bodyguard in 1992.
But, the coupling of the image and its caption prompted fans to criticise Lorde for being “insensitive.” Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in 2012. The autopsy report revealed her death was caused by drowning and “effects ofatherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”
Lorde’s post has since been deleted, but not before Whitney fans tweeted screenshots of the post, calling the choice of caption “disgusting.”
Others rushed to Lorde’s defence, stating that the caption was a “very bad coincidence.”
To all the people saying Lorde is cancelled bc of insta pic of the bath and the Whitney lyrics caption… people do stuff like that ALL THE TIME it was obvs just a very bad coincidence and i genuinely don’t think Lorde would do that purposefully…
— Elliott (@ouhoooh) April 6, 2018
Do you REALLY
that Lorde intentionally mocked Whitney’s death
— sleepy (@Ornithohalloran) April 6, 2018
Lorde posted a prompt apology on her Instagram Story. “Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote,” wrote Lorde. “I’m so sorry for offending anyone—I hadn’t even put this together, I was just excited to take a bath.”
“I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again,” she added.