UPDATE: Set designer Es Devlin has seemingly responded to Lorde's accusations, posting a photo to Instagram of a floating box she designed for the English National Opera in 2007. Noting the date, it appears she first used the design concept over 10 years ago. "CARMEN by Georges Bizet , English National Opera 2007," the designer, who has worked with Kanye West since 2005 and has also worked with Lorde, captioned the post.
TMZ reports that Devlin designed Kanye's floating stage for his Saint Pablo Tour in 2016, and worked with Lorde on a similar box look the following year for Coachella, a similar design was later used for Lorde's tour.
Lorde is taking some issue with Kanye West and Kid Cudi's most recent concert at Tyler, The Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw festival in Los Angeles. The duo performed under the name Kids See Ghosts, which is also the name of the album they released together in June.
On Thursday, the "Royals" singer posted a few photos on Instagram comparing her 2017 tour set—including her headlining stint at Coachella—alongside pictures from Camp Flog Gnaw. In both instances, a transparent and enclosed stage-like area is suspended above the ground. Kanye and Kid Cudi were both in the box, whereas Lorde stood in front of it in her photos. Other dancers and performers were in the hanging stage during her concert.
Lorde, however, did not call out Kids See Ghosts by name on her Instagram story, but a picture can be worth a thousand words. In one part of her story, she wrote, "I'm proud of the work I do and it's flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they try it on themselves."
She added, "But don't steal—not from women or from anyone else—in 2018 or ever."