Is Lorde involved in an onion ring review side hustle?

Most celebrities get exposed for controversial scandals or misconduct, but dedicated investigations have revealed that pop star Lorde may have been involved in an important side gig: reviewing onion rings on Instagram.

In possibly one of the greatest investigations of all times, New Zealand site Newshub published a theory that the niche Instagram account @onionringsworldwide is run by the 20-year-old pop star, after they were tipped-off by a 17-year-old Lorde fan. The account's meditative bio "every onion ring I encounter, rated," and captions are very Lorde-esque in themselves.

We're not sure how Lorde found the time during her whirlwind press and shows for her new album Melodrama, which comes out tomorrow, but a girl has to eat, right? And for the non-believers, Newshub has gathered ample evidence to support their claims about her side hustle.

According to the site, the Instagram account posted a review that read, "tempura ring eaten ceremoniously on a plane from Tennessee to New York." Apart from the timing lining-up with the singer's performance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the use of the word "ceremoniously" seems to have Lorde's flair written all over it.

The account also reviewed an onion ring consumed in Sydney's QT Hotel and one in Hatfield, near London, which was taken the day after she played Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull event. It is noted that Lorde spent some time doing promotional work in Sydney in May when the Sydney review was posted.

The singer shared an image of her going to fast-food outlet Sonic after the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which sells onion rings. Lorde and many of her friends, including Jimmy Mac and Maddy Budd, are some of the account's 24 followers, making it seem like an inside joke about the perfect places onion ring aficionados can pick-up deep-fried goodness.

New York magazine has also pointed out that individual photos on the account has been double-tapped by Siobhan "Eyeris" Carter (listed on LinkedIn as Lorde's assistant), and Amber Dreadon, the singer's make-up artist.

There are no faces or identifiable features in the images, but one of the hands holding an onion ring has a similar complexion and nail length to Lorde's. And the account is also using the Australian and New Zealand spelling of words like flavour, which means that the site is definitely being run by someone who has moved abroad.

The site and fans have pointed out that the fingers in both photos have a striking resemblance.

The site and fans have pointed out that the fingers in both photos have a striking resemblance. Photo: Instagram

Perhaps the most telling evidence is the account disappearing when Lorde's management was approached about the smell of an onion ring media scoop. But in that most 2017 of fashions, screenshots can help prove all.

The pop star is yet to comment on her alleged onion ring social-media empire. We hope she gives the green light for the project to return because fans are ready to see her become the Lorde of the Rings.

Update:

Lorde revealed on The Tonight Show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon that she is fact was the person behind the secret Instagram account dedicated to reviewing onion rings.

"Okay. I have to explain for a second," she said after Fallon asked about the validity of Newshub's report. "Here's the thing. I sort of naively didn't realise it would be, like, a thing ??? that I was going different places and trying the onion rings at each of those places."

Fallon asked, "It is you?"

"It's me. It's me."

"Now that everyone knows about it, people are going to be throwing onion rings at me on tour," when she was asked the reason behind deleting the account.

This story Is Lorde involved in an onion ring review side hustle? first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.