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Lorde and Charli XCX Remix ‘Girl So Confusing’: Here’s the Iconic History Behind the Collaboration

Lorde and Charli XCX Remix ‘Girl So Confusing’: Here’s the Iconic History Behind the Collaboration

Since its June 7 debut, Charli XCX’s latest album, BRAT, has become ubiquitous. Brooklyn murals, viral TikTok soundbites, and the prevalence of lime green items like iced matcha have all become synonymous with the album’s “brat summer” vibe.

“BRAT” embodies a pop star aesthetic that celebrates chaos, centered around club culture and delving into introspective themes of aging, femininity, sadness and anxiety. The song “Girl, so confusing” is notable for its sharply pointed and accusatory lyrics, questioning the sincerity of relationships and ambitions.

“People say we look alike / They say we have the same hair / We talk about making music but I don’t know if it’s fair / I don’t know if you want to watch me fall and fail.”

Fans began speculating about a possible rift in the friendship between the 31-year-old artist and “Royals” singer Lorde. However, the duo responded to these rumors immediately by releasing a remix just two weeks later with the memorable lyric: “Let’s work it out on the remix.”

“Girl, so confusing version with Lorde” featuring Lorde has deeply moved fans and highlighted the painful truths of friendship breakups and misunderstandings. Experts suggest that such quarrels are common and can often be repaired through honest dialogue.

What happened between Lorde and Charli XCX?

Despite their different styles within pop music, the two artists have often been compared, with Charli XCX even being misidentified as Lorde in a well-known interview.

During a recent Rolling Stone interview, Charli confessed that he was jealous of Lorde’s success with “Royals” in 2013.

“She had big hair; I had big hair. She wore black lipstick; I wore black lipstick once. You create these parallels and think, ‘Well, that could have been me,'” she revealed.

“I think you just read into it what you want, because you feel insecure about your own work.”

In “Girl, So Confusion,” Charli XCX is candid and raw. She sings, “I don’t know if you like me / Sometimes I think you might hate me / Sometimes I think I might hate you,” she sings.

Lorde, on the other hand, was deeply affected when Charli expressed these vulnerabilities. On the remix, Lorde reveals that her own issues with body image and disordered eating led her to withdraw from her friendships. She sings, “I was so lost in my head and afraid to be in your pictures / I was caught up in the hate / And your life seemed so amazing / I never thought for a second that my voice was in your head.”

Openly addressing their feelings, Lorde closes the song by reaffirming their friendship: “I’m glad I know how you feel ’cause I’m riding for you Charli.