A video of New Zealand singer Lorde shushing her fans during one of her gigs has recently resurfaced, in turn leading to more of these awkward instances caught on camera being shared online.
For those of you who know a thing or two about the singer-songwriter’s discography, you’ll be able to recognise when the now-infamous shushing videos were filmed. Lorde’s success with her 2013 album Pure Heroine is in part (but not solely) due to the Tumblr aesthetic that rose to fame that same year. You know the one—American Apparel tennis skirts, finger moustaches, black and white only feeds, flower crowns, indie band t-shirts, ripped fishnet tights and thigh gap thirst traps.
At the time, with her dark purple lipstick, all-black outfits and mysteriously tortured lyrics, Lorde was the queen of Tumblr. Then came the iconic era of Melodrama in 2017, which we suspect is around when those videos were first taken. Fast forward to 2021, and the singer’s image completely changed with the release of her new album, Solar Power. She swapped her goth-like attire for a healthy-looking, boheme-inspired, Los Angeles-based persona, and everyone was here for it. Long story short, though she just kicked off her new world tour, we can tell these embarrassing videos aren’t recent.
Since the first video made its way to TikTok, various fans have shared their take on the resurfaced footage. One TikToker, @real_lady_hands, posted footage of the same show on her page after seeing the original video. Her TikTok has now been viewed over 13.8 million times.
Though the content creator told Newsweek she believes Lorde asked the audience to quieten down as the concert was being streamed live on radio and she was performing the song a capella, the internet didn’t seem to care too much about the reason behind the bizarre behaviour—especially when more footage from other concerts showed the singer doing the same.
Regardless of the reason, we couldn’t help but scour the internet for more footage. While doing so, we fell down a rabbit hole of some of the funniest memes and reactions to Lorde’s “shushing kink.” Enjoy.
Oh, and in case you thought she wouldn’t shush fans while in her Solar Power era, too late…
Before we get into the hot deets—literally—I’d like to strongly highlight the fact that, as far as I could snoop online, this story has not yet been fully confirmed from either side and the Instagram model is yet to be named. That being said, it does look like this rumour has some truth in it. Let me explain.
On Monday 10 January, Instagram page @TooMuchHotTea broke the story of how a mysterious Instagram model had threatened to sue the Canadian rapper Drake for putting hot sauce into his condom. Now, I can understand why this previous sentence might seem confusing at first. You’re probably thinking, ‘what the heck is this about?’.
According to the account, the model and Drake hit it off on Instagram where they started DMing each other—we’re not sure who approached who first. Both eventually met up at a party and later went back to the rapper’s hotel room to smoke some weed and, well, do the deed. Although Drizzy is known for showing signs of predatory behaviour when it comes to teen women, in this instance, it is said that he was very clear about ensuring that their ‘encounter’ was a consensual one.
Too Much Hot Tea went on to explain that prior to their intercourse, the rapper entered his bathroom to put a condom on. After both were done, he went back to the bathroom to throw the used protection in the bin. That’s where things get spicy—again, literally.
The model reportedly pretended like she needed to use the bathroom too in order to find the discarded condom and pour its contents into her. If you’re not sure why she would do that, it’s easy to assume that she was planning on getting pregnant from the ‘Hotline Bling’ singer.
As soon as she did that however, she immediately experienced a burning sensation and started to scream, causing Drake to run back to the bathroom to see what was going on. He then allegedly told the model that he poured hot sauce from a packet into the condom to kill his sperm, should someone try to get pregnant from him.
The Instagram post that started the whole rumour also contained further details about the rapper’s sexual exploits and what his ding-dong looks like.
On Tuesday, Drake seemingly addressed the tabasco fiasco rumour in an Instagram post of his own where the caption read, “You can have your 15 minutes of fame…I’ll take the other 23 hours and 45 mins”—insinuating that his alleged sexual partner was hungry for her 15 minutes of fame.
As crazy as this story sounds, the rapper has previously admitted to the lengths he goes to ensure that no one tries to take advantage of him in the bedroom. On Brent Faiyaz’s song ‘Wasting Time’ Drake can be heard rapping, “Gold medalist, flushed the Magnums just so they not collectin’ my specimens, damn.”
I don’t know about you, but while I patiently wait to see whether this rumour further develops, I’m really enjoying the memes out there…