By Josephine Cusumano
Nov 07, 2017 @ 10:15 am
Gabriel Olsen

Lorde turns 21! The New Zealand native is a year wiser today and she's certainly come a long way since her single, "Royals," took over airwaves.

The singer has since made a name for herself thanks to more hits including "Tennis Court" and "Yellow Flicker Beat," which appeared on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack and even earned her a 2015 Golden Globe nomination.

What's more, she recently released her second album, the critically acclaimed Melodrama, and we've had "Green Light" on repeat ever since. 

Ever since Lorde's inception into Hollywood, she's also become close friends with fellow A-listers including Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, and countless other strong females. The free-spirited singer sure knows how to pick her friends and she's even more selective when it comes to her Instagram.

VIDEO: Lorde's Most Heartfelt Instagrams


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The star has more than five million followers on the social media platform, and there are times when Lorde gets heartfelt with her captions. In honor of the singer's 21st birthday, take a look at her 11 most touching posts to date:

When she shared her appreciation for collaborator Jack Antonoff:

When she referred to her dad as the "greatest g alive":

normally i hold deep hatred for airport photos, but BEHOLD THIS CUTENESS - my dad vic, greatest g alive, cruising through LAX with ya girl

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on

When she sent her baby brother birthday wishes from abroad:

my baby brother and i share a birthday, but he's in nz and i'm in new york so this year we celebrate a day apart. send all your love to this little angel/devil/rascal/future heartbreaker on his fourteenth. 🕯

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on

When she got real about Kanye West's #NYFW show:

When she wrote about her best friend:

laughing as i post this. this is my best friend and i at a school disco way back in the day (5+ years ago) and i'm sharing it with the world to celebrate her turning nineteen today! words can hardly describe what we've shared. in her, i gained a sister, a best friend, and a truly hilarious customer who was joined to my hip as we felt our first starry eyes for playground boys, went to our first parties, went on endless bus rides searching for some free fun.. every boy was in love with her and every girl wanted to be her, and she was MY best friend. we shared a pair of broken headphones and discovered our own tastes in music, went for walks eating lunch from trees, sifted through dusty fabric stores hunting for bargains, diy-ed our clothes, searched the inorganics (trash outside people's houses) for shoes, bags and other 'treasures', and so much more. we were endlessly creative, we searched, we DREAMT. i'll always be thankful for this smart, beautiful lady. was so nice to celebrate with you tonight. (remember we thought this was the coolest love you for days and days moose 🌸

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When she expressed gratitude for a fun day:

When she celebrated the Met Gala from the freight elevator:

When she shared a special throwback:

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When she posted a photo of her mom:

she always has a smile and a devilish joke on hand, and my life would be so much duller without her

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When she wrote about gratitude:

When she got real about friendship (with Taylor Swift):