Just because Lorde is 17 years old, that doesn't mean she doesn't know what she's doing. While gracing the cover of Elle magazine, the "Royals" singer opens up about standing up for herself and remaining authentic in the challenging music business. She tells the October issue available nationwide on Sept. 23, "A lot of times when people meet me, they'll definitely try to make me feel young or experienced." "Teenagers are such a discerning group of people.