Lorde says it’s ‘sexist’ and ‘frankly insulting’ how much credit people give Jack Antonoff for her music

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Lorde and Jack Antonoff perform at the 2017 Outside Lands Music Festival. Amy Harris/Invision/AP
  • Lorde opened up about her relationship with Jack Antonoff in an interview with the New York Times.
  • Antonoff coproduced Lorde’s new album “Solar Power,” but she said he “deferred” to her vision.
  • “I haven’t made a Jack Antonoff record,” she said, adding, “To give him that amount of credit is frankly insulting.”
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Lorde recently opened up about her “really unique” relationship with Jack Antonoff, as well as reductive assumptions about their creative partnership.

The two musicians have been working together for seven years. Antonoff coproduced Lorde’s sophomore album, 2017’s “Melodrama,” as well as her forthcoming follow-up, “Solar Power.”

He has also worked closely with artists like Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Clairo, and St. Vincent, which has earned him a reputation as a pop star’s go-to collaborator.

As Pitchfork’s Quinn Moreland wrote, “Antonoff’s perceived grip over the introspective pop girlies has given birth to many memes at this point,” and some fans believe “his omnipresence has flattened the sound of that niche between mainstream pop and indie music.”

However, Lorde strongly objects to the notion that she’s one of several female musicians in “Jack’s stable.”

“I haven’t made a Jack Antonoff record,” she told New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli. “I’ve made a Lorde record and he’s helped me make it and very much deferred to me on production and arrangement. Jack would agree with this. To give him that amount of credit is frankly insulting.”

Lorde performs 'Stoned at the Nail Salon' on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'
Lorde performs ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’ on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ with Jack Antonoff on guitar, right. Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

According to Coscarelli, she used the terms “retro” and “sexist” to describe the narrative, “which has also included speculation about the pair’s romantic and sexual life.”

Back in 2018, Antonoff dismissed dating rumors as “heteronormative gossip,” while Lorde simply told fans, “He’s awesome, but we’re not dating.”

“No one who’s in a job that isn’t my job has a relationship like the one I have with Jack,” Lorde told Coscarelli. “He’s like a partner to me. We’re in a relationship. It’s not a romantic relationship, but we’ve been in it for seven years, and it’s a really unique thing, so I don’t begrudge people maybe not being able to understand it.”

She also said there are “certain hallmarks” of Antonoff’s production that she likes, and some that she does not.

“I beat them out of the work that we do together,” she explained. “I say this with so much love and affection, but I feel like we’re doing up a house together and he’s like, ‘Look at this serviette that I fashioned into the shape of two swans! Look at this set of woven baskets!’ And I’m like, ‘Great – one per room.'”

Lorde’s third studio album “Solar Power” will be released on August 20. Read Insider’s full breakdown of what to expect here.