So much for a relaxing soak.
Lorde found herself in hot water Thursday evening after posting a photo on Instagram of a bathtub with the caption, “And iiii will always love you.” The lyric is from Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” which was made famous by Whitney Houston, who died in 2012 from drowning in a bathtub. Three years later, Houston’s daughter with Bobby Brown, Bobbi-Kristina Brown, was also found unresponsive in a bathtub. She remained in a coma for almost six months until her death in July 2015.
Social media immediately began ripping Lorde, calling the post “disgusting” and urging her to take it down. She quickly did, and then followed up with an apology in her Instagram story.
“Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote,” wrote the Grammy winner. “I’m so sorry for offending anyone — I hadn’t even put this together, I was just excited to take a bath. I’m an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again.”
See some of the social media reactions below: