The Auckland local was in New Zealand on Feb. 8 with friend Justin Warren, a promotions director at Universal Music. Hitting Piha beach in a red scalloped bikini and several gold bangles, Lorde, 19, was all smiles while she and Warren goofed around in the surf.
The pair was spotted splashing in the waves, with Lorde clutching tight to her bandeau top as she got pummeled by the Pacific. After some time in the water, both retreated to their side-by-side towels.
Warren snacked while Lorde worked on her tan, popping on sunglasses as she laid on her back and chatted with her pal.
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Warren previously accompanied Lorde on the red carpet at the New Zealand Music Awards in November, sparking romance rumors. At the time, Warren slammed the speculation to The Herald, stating “Ella and I have worked together for years and we’re good friends. Any rumors of us being ‘a pair’ are ridiculous.”
He added, “Ella has a really busy year ahead of her and we’ll be spending more time together as plans for the next Lorde record unfold.”
Lorde (real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor) hasn’t been spotted with her longtime love James Lowe in several months, but has kept decidedly mum on the state of their relationship. The Grammy-winner was with the photographer as far back as 2013.
A rep for Lorde did not immediately reply to request for comment.