In 2013, Lorde released what could reasonably be called one of the best pop albums in recent memory.
Pure Heroine was a smash with critics and audiences alike, selling over three million copies and earning near-universal acclaim.
Since then, Lorde has toured the globe and blown TV audiences away with stunning award show performances, but she has yet to release any new recorded material.
Recently a "fan" adopted a particularly snotty tone to ask the 19-year-old New Zealander about her lack of musical output, and things got weird very quickly:
It all started when the Lorde non-believer inquired on Instagram:
"Do you think we will ever get another album or should we just give up on you as an artist?"
Understandably peeved, the artist shot back:
"Give up on me if you want to! I'm an artist, I write a record when I have enough special stories to tell, and it's all me, every melody every lyric, not some team who just start the machine up every eighteen months like clockwork.
"The record is written, we're in the production stages now. I've worked like a dog for a year making this thing great for you guys."
Now, on the surface that may seem like a simple case of Lorde venting some frustration.
But as many have pointed out, the singer's most famous friend does record an album roughly every 18 months, and has been accused of assembling a team of master tunesmiths to craft her intensely personal, deeply confessional songs:
Yes, many are interpreting Lorde's comment as a subtle shot at Taylor Swift.
It's a bit of a stretch, but it's not hard to see why folks might read so much into the remarks, what with Taylor's recent squad problems and all.
Add to that the fact that these two were formerly so tight that Lorde used to call Taylor her role model, but now they haven't been photographed together in nearly a year, and it's not hard to see why folks think their friendship is over with.
After all, Lorde certainly wouldn't be the first friend to jump ship on Taylor in recent months.
Sources say the mega-star's diva-like behavior has all but decimated her former clique.
So is it possible that Lorde and Taylor are no more?
We certainly hope not.
These two should really stick together just for the sake of that epic bra-mance name.
(That's a bromance between two women. Get with the times!)