Lorde tears up as she celebrates Australia’s same-sex marriage vote with emotional Whitney Houston cover
Lorde has belted out Whitney Houston while wearing a rainbow flag to congratulate her Australian fans for saying yes to same-sex marriage.
Less than a week after Australia voted in favour of marriage equality, the 21-year-old New Zealander paused her show at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night to praise her Aussie fanbase.
“Congrats on passing same-sex marriage, by the way!” she said, before an audience member threw a rainbow flag to the stage.
Draping the rainbow around her like a cape, Lorde broke into an impromptu rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).
“I’m very proud of you,” she said, as the applause eventually faded.
“You look like you’re gonna cry!” yelled a fan in the crowd.
“This is the crying show, I don’t know if you know that,” she replied.
Visibly tearing up, before asking the crowd to swing their phone torches to her song, Liability, she continued: “This song can be really hard to sing at times … it’s about a time when I felt really alone.”
The audience sang sweetly in solidarity, forming a backdrop of shimmering light.
Lorde is set to play two more shows in Australia as part of her album tour for Melodrama this week, before taking a break from touring until March 2018.
Lorde singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” with a rainbow flag after congratulating Australia on same-sex marriage pic.twitter.com/4Tb6hdcY4s
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The Kiwi singer has long been an advocate for the LGBT+ community.
When the notoriously homophobic Westboro Baptist Church planned to picket her 2014 show in Kansas City, she encourages her fans to wear rainbow clothing in protest.
Australia voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising same-sex marriage last week.
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Almost 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country’s non-binding postal ballot – a bigger turnout than in even the UK’s EU referendum – and said Yes by a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%.
Australia now looks likely to become the 25th country in the world to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.