Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (2024)

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So, you know Charli xcx? She rose to fame in the mid-2010s through hits like "I Love It" with Icona Pop and "Fancy" with Iggy Azalea? She's in her major resurgence era, and I am LIVING FOR IT. Like, she just released her new album BRAT, which is an instant masterpiece according to the Internet. If you're not listening to the album, you're BEHIND. And obviously you remember Lorde, another supremely talented singer who rose to fame around the same time as Charli xcx? Yeah. Well. In case you've been living under a rock (or didn't spend every day on Tumblr in 2014): the Internet has compared and mixed up the two singers since what feels like the dawn of time. And there's one now-iconic instance that made it clear these comparisons were getting out of hand. Basically, in 2014, an interviewer royally messed up and asked Charli xcx about "her song, 'Royals'" — which everyone on the planet knows is actually a LORDE SONG. Charli xcx plays it off, pretending that it is indeed her song. And it's amazing. So yeah, the two women have appeared to be in this weird, industry-made battle. And this isn't uncommon — Hollywood looooves to pit women against each other. Take Taylor Swift and Beyonce, or Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez. But normally, these celebs don't really address the situation much, instead waiting for the conflict to diffuse. BUT. I HOPE YOU'RE SITTING DOWN. Because in an epic power move, Charli xcx and Lorde have absolutely annihilated all the haters by doing something few people have the guts to do: get raw and real about their feelings, alongside the person everyone is pitting them against. Let me explain. On her new album BRAT, which came out on June 7, Charli xcx released a song called "Girl, so confusing," which expresses mixed emotions over the public's comparisons of one woman to another. In the song, Charli sings that although "people say" they're "alike," sometimes she feels like she and the other person "might hate" one another. Sound familiar? Some other notable lyrics include: "They say we've got the same hair" (which, yes, people do say Lorde and Charli xcx have the same hair), and, "One day we might make some music / The internet would go crazy." And some of us didn't realize that was MAJOR FORESHADOWING. So we shouldn't have been surprised when, on June 21, Charli xcx released a new version of that song — but featuring none other than LORDE HERSELF. The new version is called "The girl, so confusing version with lorde," and not only do the two sing together, but Lorde gets her own verse. In Lorde's verse, she discusses how the two planned to "work it out on the remix" (breaking the fourth wall!), and how she feels "trapped in the hatred" of her body. Lorde also expresses being envious of Charli xcx, singing, "Your life seemed so awesome," and says she was "speechless" when Charli sent her a "voice note" about the situation. And the cherry on top? After the two sing, "The internet will go crazy / I'm glad I know how you feel," Lorde sings, "'Cause I ride for you, Charli." And the fact that she says her name is something fans cannot BELIEVE. So yeah — ICYMI, Charli xcx and Lorde are two mature, iconic queens who are rising above to give the fans exactly what they want. I'm calling this the perfect resolution, and something I know 2010s Tumblr girlies will be talking about for decades. And because there's nothing better than laughing and sobbing at the same time, here are some fan reactions to remind you that there's no such thing as making too big a deal out of this: OK, now because I'm not over this and desperately need to keep talking about it, PLEEEEASE let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Like, seriously. And also, follow BuzzFeed Canada on TikTok and Instagram for more!
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"'The girl, so confusing version with Lorde' has the energy of two girls in the club bathroom becoming best friends."

by Abby ZinmanBuzzFeed Staff

So, you know Charli xcx? She rose to fame in the mid-2010s through hits like "I Love It" with Icona Pop and "Fancy" with Iggy Azalea? She's in her major resurgence era, and I am LIVING FOR IT.

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (2)

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Like, she just released her new album BRAT, which is an instant masterpiece according to the Internet. If you're not listening to the album, you're BEHIND.

.@charli_xcx's 'BRAT' now leads race for #1 on this week's UK albums chart, Taylor Swift's 'THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT' now pacing for #2.

Bon Jovi's 'Forever' headed for #3. Just over 1,000 units separate the top 3. pic.twitter.com/2N9gYMsUNU

— chart data (@chartdata) June 13, 2024

Twitter: @chartdata

And obviously you remember Lorde, another supremely talented singer who rose to fame around the same time as Charli xcx? Yeah. Well. In case you've been living under a rock (or didn't spend every day on Tumblr in 2014): the Internet has compared and mixed up the two singers since what feels like the dawn of time.

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (3)

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Maybe it's because the artists rose to fame at the same time, are both pop singers — or both have brown, curly hair. BUT WE'LL GET TO THAT.

And there's one now-iconic instance that made it clear these comparisons were getting out of hand. Basically, in 2014, an interviewer royally messed up and asked Charli xcx about "her song, 'Royals'" — which everyone on the planet knows is actually a LORDE SONG. Charli xcx plays it off, pretending that it is indeed her song. And it's amazing.

bringing this back in honor of charli xcx and lorde finally collabing pic.twitter.com/m4vvlIYWbK

— fem top (@gayandold) June 20, 2024

Twitter: @gayandold

Queen sh*t. I don't know how she didn't just burst out laughing.

So yeah, the two women have appeared to be in this weird, industry-made battle. And this isn't uncommon — Hollywood looooves to pit women against each other. Take Taylor Swift and Beyonce, or Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez. But normally, these celebs don't really address the situation much, instead waiting for the conflict to diffuse.

BUT. I HOPE YOU'RE SITTING DOWN. Because in an epic power move, Charli xcx and Lorde have absolutely annihilated all the haters by doing something few people have the guts to do: get raw and real about their feelings, alongside the person everyone is pitting them against.

Getty Images / Via gettyimages.ca, Getty Images / Via gettyimages.ca

Let me explain. On her new album BRAT, which came out on June 7, Charli xcx released a song called "Girl, so confusing," which expresses mixed emotions over the public's comparisons of one woman to another. In the song, Charli sings that although "people say" they're "alike," sometimes she feels like she and the other person "might hate" one another. Sound familiar?

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (4)

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Some other notable lyrics include: "They say we've got the same hair" (which, yes, people do say Lorde and Charli xcx have the same hair), and, "One day we might make some music / The internet would go crazy." And some of us didn't realize that was MAJOR FORESHADOWING.

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (5)

Getty Images / Via gettyimages.ca

So we shouldn't have been surprised when, on June 21, Charli xcx released a new version of that song — but featuring none other than LORDE HERSELF. The new version is called "The girl, so confusing version with lorde," and not only do the two sing together, but Lorde gets her own verse.

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (6)

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In Lorde's verse, she discusses how the two planned to "work it out on the remix" (breaking the fourth wall!), and how she feels "trapped in the hatred" of her body. Lorde also expresses being envious of Charli xcx, singing, "Your life seemed so awesome," and says she was "speechless" when Charli sent her a "voice note" about the situation.

Charli XCX And Lorde Have *Finally* Addressed Their Beef In A New Collab (7)

Genius / Charli xcx and Lorde / Via genius.com

I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING.

And the cherry on top? After the two sing, "The internet will go crazy / I'm glad I know how you feel," Lorde sings, "'Cause I ride for you, Charli." And the fact that she says her name is something fans cannot BELIEVE.

not kidding when i say this was me when Lorde said “you know i ride for you charli” on the girl so confusing remix pic.twitter.com/tkENU3CTME

— kathryn🦋🧚🏻‍♀️ BLM (@softcorespooky) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @softcorespooky

So yeah — ICYMI, Charli xcx and Lorde are two mature, iconic queens who are rising above to give the fans exactly what they want. I'm calling this the perfect resolution, and something I know 2010s Tumblr girlies will be talking about for decades.

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And because there's nothing better than laughing and sobbing at the same time, here are some fan reactions to remind you that there's no such thing as making too big a deal out of this:

I’d go back in time and tell them that lorde and Charli xcx made a song together in the year 2024 pic.twitter.com/ZmVBCaFtau

— M (@melosling) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @melosling

the girl, so confusing version with lorde is so real bc charli’s like “I think you hate me and you don’t f*ck with me” and lorde is like “huh?? baby I’ve been so mentally ill I haven’t been f*cking with ANYONE and also I didn’t even know you wanted to f*ck with me like that???”

— mashed potato brains (@nikkibitching) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @nikkibitching

Lorde saying “charli” sent a shiver down my spine

— Rose Dommu (@rosedommu) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @rosedommu

Me watching Lorde and Charli work it out on the remix pic.twitter.com/3e2mYmy66h

— mkb (@MatthewKBegbie) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @MatthewKBegbie

charli and lorde’s vocals traveling through my ear canal and causing a gag overload in my eardrums pic.twitter.com/4uNc7N0QFz

— wiLL (@willfulchaos) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @willfulchaos

Charli: bumpin that bumpin that bumpin that bumpin that
Lorde's subplot: pic.twitter.com/XqXKTdLxji

— Chloe 🦋 (@ChloeNumberIII) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @ChloeNumberIII

Charli and Lorde pic.twitter.com/JdhwbrJ2bk

— blizzy mcguire (@blizzy_mcguire) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @blizzy_mcguire

Lorde coming on the remix to essentially say “whoops my fault” is so funny

— paul (@paulswhtn) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @paulswhtn

lorde canceling last minute on charli pic.twitter.com/BixRQHlI5l

— wolfgang ruth (@itswolfgangruth) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @itswolfgangruth

lorde waking up to charli’s voicemail pic.twitter.com/BliMtfiTt1

— wiLL (@willfulchaos) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @willfulchaos

charli xcx and lorde finally doing a song together is like the second coming of christ for gay people

— leon (@skyferrori) June 20, 2024

Twitter: @skyferrori

Lorde on Girl, so confusing pic.twitter.com/a9eSgsUVMK

— tommy (@ihatebjork) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @ihatebjork

Love that “The girl, so confusing version with Lorde” has the energy of two girls in the club bathroom becoming best friends

— Marcus Jones (@marcus_jones) June 21, 2024

Twitter: @marcus_jones

marina watching charli and lorde release girl so confusing remix pic.twitter.com/muO9hrjgRA

— Austina (@tinacantdrive) June 20, 2024

Twitter: @tinacantdrive

OK, now because I'm not over this and desperately need to keep talking about it, PLEEEEASE let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Like, seriously. And also, follow BuzzFeed Canada on TikTok and Instagram for more!

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