Lorde caught the wrath of angry Whitney Houston fans after she posted a photo of a bathtub and a quoted lyric from the late vocalist. The New Zealand singer has since apologized for the gaffe and deleted the image, but not without having to endure several critical shots in the process.
The “Royals” singer posted an image of an empty bathtub with the caption “And iii will always love you” in a nod to Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” However, she quickly started getting the criticism from fans on social media and the pressure to take it down was on.
Lorde insisted that the image and caption were not meant to be offensive, but it was already far too late for any sort of damage control at that point. Houston was found motionless in a hotel bathtub after suffering a heart attack in 2012.
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