Lorde Is No Longer a Teenager, Teases New Album in Heartfelt Birthday Post

Lorde attends "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
Lorde attends the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Lorde is the big 2-0! The singer-songwriter celebrated her 20th birthday by giving fans an update on her highly anticipated sophomore album via Facebook on Monday, November 7.

"Writing [my first album] Pure Heroine was my way of enshrining our teenage glory, putting it up in lights forever so that part of me never dies, and this record — well, this one is about what comes next," Lorde wrote. "I want nothing more than to spill my guts RIGHT NOW about the whole thing — I want you to see the album cover, pore over the lyrics (the best I've written in my life), touch the merch, experience the live show. I can hardly stop myself from typing out the name. I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be. You'll have to hold on. The big day is not tomorrow, or even next month realistically, but soon. I know you understand."

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In the lengthy post, titled "A Note From the Desk of a Newborn Adult," the "Royals" singer also opened up about her thoughts on turning 20, telling fans, "It's all I've been able to think about for days."

"I walk around the city, up by the park and by the health food store and down into the subway, this new age hanging in front of my eyes like two of those Mylar balloons that never come down," she wrote. "Can people see it, I wonder, that I'm about to cross over? On the subway I stare at boys I want to kiss and girls I want to hug. Do you see me?"

"I was 16 when most of us met," Lorde continued. "Can you believe it? I laugh thinking about that me now — that glossy idiot god, princess of her childhood streets handmade and ugly and sure of herself. All my life I've been obsessed with adolescence, drunk on it. Even when I was little, I knew that teenagers sparkled. I knew they knew something children didn't know, and adults ended up forgetting. Since 13 I've spent my life building this giant teenage museum, mausoleum maybe, dutifully wolfishly writing every moment down, and repeating it all back like folklore. And now there isn't any more of it."

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The "Team" singer went on to explain that after the success of her 2013 debut album, she "made a very deliberate choice" to step away from the spotlight and relocated to New York City, a move that inspired her forthcoming second album. She also said she "maxed out every single emotion … in the best possible way" and her "heart broke."

"I haven't had my hair or makeup done in a year, the free handbags dried up LONG ago, and the paparazzi at the airport are almost always for someone else. And let me tell you, as much as I love being full noise album cycle girl, it's been a motherf–king joy," she wrote.

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The two-time Grammy winner continued, "I moved out of home and into the city and I made new friends and started to realize that no-one is just good or bad, that everyone is both. I started to discover in a profound, scary, blood-aching way who I was when I was alone, what I did when I did things only for myself. I was reckless and graceless and terrifying and tender. I threw sprawling parties and sat in restaurants until the early hours, learning what it’s like to be an adult, even talking like one sometimes, until I caught myself. All I wanted to do was dance. I whispered into ears and let my eyes blaze on high and for the first time I felt this intimate, empire-sized inner power."

Lorde concluded her post: "The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world."

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