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Bad blood: Lorde and Selena Gomez are having a pop-star feud – over feminism

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde arrives on the red carpet for the Vevo Halloween Concert at the Oval Space in east London, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

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What happens when an up-and-coming Kiwi singer accuses an established Disney turned pop star of being "anti-feminist." Let's get ready to rumble!

The Daily Mail reports on the brewing feud between the 17-year-old New Zealand singer known as Lorde (real name: Elia Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor) and 21-year-old Selena Gomez, best known for her long-running role on Disney Channel's The Wizards of Waverly Place and for dating Justin Bieber (they've since broken up).

The bad blood between the pair apparently began several weeks ago when Lorde accused Gomez of sending a bad message to young female fans with her single Come & Get It during a magazine interview.

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Said Lorde: "I'm a feminist and the theme of her song is, 'When you're ready come and get it from me.' I'm sick of women being portrayed this way."

Gomez later fired back at the feisty teen singer during an interview with Flaunt magazine, saying, "That's not feminism. [Lorde is] not supporting other women. That's my honest opinion. That's what I would say to her if I saw her."

In the same interview, Gomez went on to suggest that she would likely stop performing Lorde's breakout hit Royals in any of her upcoming concert performances.

"I actually covered her song in all of my shows that I've done so far," said Gomez. "I'm not sure if I'm going to continue that."

Brushing aside Gomez's diss, Lorde slyly turned the feud up a notch earlier this week in an interview with GQ's The Q blog. Without specifically mentioning Gomez or her twerking fellow Disney alum Miley Cyrus, it was fairly apparent that Lorde was not impressed with the young female American pop icons.

"The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience. I am way less inclined to be like, 'Look! I'm f–ing mental!'"

For the record, Lorde has also expressed her opinions on other pop contemporaries.

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Her view of country star Taylor Swift: "Taylor Swift is so flawless and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls."

Her take on Justin Bieber: "I feel like the influences that are there in the industry for people my age, like Justin Bieber, are just maybe not a very real depiction of what it's like to be a young person."

But the current contretemps with Gomez is the story currently making headlines, and in the process no doubt helping keep Royals remain atop the U.S. Billboard charts.

Although while Gomez has received middling reviews for her own pop warblings, Lorde looks to be in the music business for the long haul and there seems little chance she plans on keeping her opinions to herself.

"I have pretty strong morals and opinions being in pop music and I can't help but express those, which I think people appreciate," she recently told MTV News. "I mean, I don't think I say anything that isn't backed up. Most of the time I will stand by things that I've said."

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