By Josephine Cusumano
Updated Nov 07, 2017 @ 10:15 am
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Lorde Birthday
Credit: 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

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":

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Dec 6, 2015 at 11:04pm PST

When she sent her baby brother birthday wishes from abroad:

A photo posted by Lorde (@lordemusic) on Nov 6, 2015 at 10:10pm PST

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

When she wrote about her best friend:

When she expressed gratitude for a fun day:

When she celebrated the Met Gala from the freight elevator:

When she shared a special throwback:

When she posted a photo of her mom:

When she wrote about gratitude:

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