The 17-year-old star said she is close to Swift because they both understand the music business, reported Contactmusic."I think there are artists who are really incredible role models and that's something I admire. I feel like Taylor is a really good role model and I think that the girls who listen to her music are so devoted to her, and I think what she's saying is pretty cool. It's empowering.Read: Lorde slams paparazzi for stalking"If we have the same work problems, we know each other's lives better. It's always good befriending people who do a similar thing," she said.Before they became friends, the Royals hitmaker criticised Swift, 24, for being perfect and unattainable but Lorde says Taylor was not offended by her comment.In Pics: Sweet ladylike to tomboy cool, Taylor Swift's many looks"She was like, 'It's fine, if all you've done is call someone perfect it's not a bad thing'," she added.