One of our all-time favorite conspiracy theories has just been confirmed. Over the past week, thanks to some impressive detective work from a New Zealand journalist named Anna Bracewall-Worrall, rumors have been swirling that Lorde used to run an Instagram account in which she reviewed onion rings from various spots around the globe. Last night, Lorde appeared on The Tonight Show to promote her much-anticipated new album Melodrama, and host Jimmy Fallon brought up the onion rings. Lorde admitted that the account, onionringsworldwide, had in fact been created and run by her.
After the truth finally came out, the singer told Jimmy, "I sort of naively didn't realize it would be like 'a thing...' I feel like it reads like the kind of thing that a pop star would do to, like, look relatable, which I wasn't doing. It was like a funny thing with my friends on the tour, and I was like, 'this is a good pastime'" We thought we loved Lorde before, but now that we know she considers eating and rating onion rings "a good pastime," we are downright obsessed. Before leaving the show, she also treated us to some of her opinions on what makes a great onion ring, and her thoughts are pure gold. Check out the whole interview, below.
This story was originally published on June 13, 2017.
Grab those tinfoil hats, because things are about to get deliciously weird.
Eater has discovered a conspiracy theory so delightful, you'll want to gobble the whole thing up. Apparently, a journalist for NewsHub in New Zealand gathered evidence that would appear to indicate that Lorde, 20-year-old singing phenomenon and professional "dance like no one's watching" advocate, is running an Instagram page that posts reviews of the world's onion ring offerings.
Think it's too good to be true? Check out some of the evidence Bracewell-Worrall compiled:
1. The account only had 24 followers before its disappearance, and one of those followers was, wait for it...LORDE! As a fan told Bracewell-Worrall, some of the other followers included the musician's pals.
2. Each of the reviews just happened to be in or near places that were along Lorde's recent performance route — from Sydney to New York. Don't believe me? Please refer to Bracewell-Worrall's investigative report, which features supporting tweets and maps.
3. Bracewell-Worrall goes straight for the writing style and points out that not only does the mystery poster use "u" in words like "flavour," but that the person also writes with an eloquence only practiced by one of music's brightest minds.
4. Now, this one sounds weird, but hear Bracewell-Worrall out. The fingers holding the deep-fried snacks are eerily similar to Lorde's own digits, from the shortness of the nails to the tiny size of the hands, which can be seen in the below Instagram post. (Go ahead, insert a Trump joke here. You've earned it for making it this far.)
Can we say for certain that Lorde is behind the account? No. But, my god, a resurgence of @onionringsworldwide could be the hope that this world needs.