Lorde in cleaner waters, on Waiheke Island.
Gross has responded to her fans’ worries over her swimming in the Potomac River, by joking that she’s “happy to be a [Washington] DC meme “.
Lorde performed at The Anthem music venue in DC as part of her 2022 North American Solar Power tour.
At one point between songs she told the audience: “I was thinking today, I was lying in the Potomac River … I love getting to swim in water where I’m playing, it makes me feel like I know you a bit better.”
Lorde’s admission was met with a mixture of loud cheers, laughter, and gasps.
The Potomac River forms part of the borders between Maryland and Washington, DC, and has a reputation for issues with bacteria, water quality, and other forms of contamination.
In a video of Lorde conversation with fans after a gig, Lorde was asked whether she was aware of the state of the river, to which she incredulously replied: “No ?!”
“But now I know why you were laughing. I’m happy to be a DC meme, you know? “
The Auckland-born singer recently took center stage Glastonbury alongside Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish.
Lorde is touring Europe until the end of June and will begin a US tour in August. The Grammy-winning artist was due to perform a New Zealand tour in February and March of this 2022 but postponed until 2023 because of Covid uncertainty.