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Lorde apologies for quoting Whitney Houston in bathtub pic

APOLOGETIC: Singer Lorde and Whitney Houston

NEW ZEALAND singer Lorde has apologised after receiving backlash online for quoting Whitney Houston lyrics besides a picture of a bathtub.

The Greenlight songstress came under fire on Thursday (Apr 5) after posting a photo of a bath filling up with water on Instagram with the caption, "And iiii will always love you," referencing Whitney Houston's iconic version of I Will Always Love You, recorded for her 1992 movie The Bodyguard.

Fans criticised Lorde for the insensitive caption, as Houston died after drowning in a bathtub at the age of 48 in 2012, with the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use also contributing to her death.

Her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was also found unconscious in a bathtub in similar circumstances in January 2015 before passing away six months later.

On user commented: "Lorde. Honey. This is.... really really bad," whilst another wrote, "*sees how she unintentionally and remarkably coincidentally referenced Whitney Houston + daughter's death* Me: 'Oh. Wow. That's um...'"

Lorde eventually deleted the post and issued an apology via her Instagram Stories, explaining that she didn't even make the connection when she wrote the caption.

"Extremely extremely poorly chosen quote," the 21-year-old singer wrote. "I'm so sorry for offending anyone - I hadn't even put this together I was just excited to take a bath... I'm an idiot. Love Whitney forever and ever. Sorry again."

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