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Most 17-year-olds don't have Grammy Awards, but most 17-year-olds do have pimples. Lorde is no exception to this unfortunate fact of teenage life (which carries on into adulthood for some of us), and she's not ashamed of it either!

On Monday, the "Royals" singer kept it real—really real—when she Instagrammed a bare-faced selfie "in bed in paris with my acne cream on." The Paris part makes it a little chicer that the norm, but it's kind of refreshing that Taylor Swift's BFF has to battle zits like the rest of us.

And yes, Lorde age truthers, the New Zealand pop prodigy is really and truly just 17 years old, despite having achieved so much at such a young age. The Hairpin ordered up a copy of her birth certificate for NZ$17.02, and sure enough, it lists his birth name  (Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor) and reveals her date of birth is Nov. 7, 1996.

She's in on the joke, too, or as she deadpanned to Vanity Fair, "Hi, I'm Ella and I'm actually 45."

Oh, Lorde.

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