In a way, Lorde's obvious talent and increasing fame disguise her precocious youth.
Still frighteningly young, Lorde has endured a hectic schedule across the past 18 months with very little rest.
Now the singer's activities seem to have taken their toll. Postponing an Australian tour, Lorde's parents have ordered her to come home.
Writing on Twitter, Lorde said: "I have had to postpone my Australian shows because of a nasty chest infection and general ill health. I am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January. We will 100% be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don't worry about that."
time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before i go out playing shows again— Lorde (@lordemusic) April 22, 2014
i'm truly sorry if i let you down or if you feel inconvenienced by this and i hope you can understand. x— Lorde (@lordemusic) April 22, 2014