Enjoying a well-deserved day off yesterday (April 5), Lorde posted a photo of a luxurious looking bath — but her choice of caption left plenty of followers offended.
She paired the photo with Whitney Houston's iconic refrain of "I will always love you," drawing criticism from fans for being an insensitive jab at Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub at age 48 back in 2012.
twitter to lorde after coming for whitney houston pic.twitter.com/QudA2vVnFs— 1942bs (@REGGllE) April 6, 2018
lorde talking about whitney pic.twitter.com/TvwOwIudmQ— 𝐤𝖔𝖇𝐲 ♥ (@kobychill) April 6, 2018
Of all the songs by all the singers in the world, Lorde had to caption a picture of her bathtub with Whitney Houston lyrics. pic.twitter.com/u0uN3jgQms— shane telford. (@MrShaneReaction) April 6, 2018
Lorde has since apologized via her Instagram story.
"Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote," she wrote. "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."
The original photo of the bathtub is no longer available, but you can see a screenshot alongside the apology below.
Lorde apologizes after enraging social media by posting a bathtub photo with Whitney Houston lyrics. pic.twitter.com/uUYqLqirTX— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 6, 2018
Lorde's album Melodrama is out on Umusic in a range of formats, including digital download, CD and vinyl.