Lorde has given a candid interview to Rolling Stone as part of her comeback and in it explains why she disappeared from the spotlight for two years.
The Kiwi songstress has been making headlines this year, establishing a huge schedule of major international music festival dates and readying the release of her second album.
The 'Royals' singer, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was just 16 when her hit album Pure Heroine came out and told Rolling Stone what it was like skyrocketing to fame at such an early age before taking an almost two-year break.
"Everyone's so crazy when they're 16," she told the magazine.
"I think if you tell a 16-year-old that they're going to Mars - 'We're gonna get on a rocket and go, and that's going to be your life' - they'd be like, 'Okay, like, that's all well and good, but I'm doing this thing by myself right now, and that's what's important.' Everything kind of normalised week to week."
The magazine says Pure Heroine "changed the pop landscape" and forced Lorde into a long period of thinking about what to do next.
"It kind of takes a second, I learned, to write your way out of the record you just made," she says.
After wrapping a North American tour in 2014, Lorde returned to New Zealand, bought her own home and took a break - instead of riding the celebrity rollercoaster in Los Angeles.
She talks about breaking up with her long-time boyfriend, photographer James Lowe, and slowly developing Melodrama in the time since.
The full article is available on Rolling Stone's website.