Kiwi pop star Lorde has revealed she has dual citizenship with Croatia.

The Grammy Award-winning singer Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, made the revelation during a podcast with US comedian Marc Maron.

She said her poet mother Sonja is Croatian and her father Vic O'Connor is New Zealand-born with Irish heritage.

"So yeah, I'm Croatian, I got Croatian citizenship," she said.

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Asked by Maron if she got citizenship through her mum's Croatian heritage, Lorde replied: "I got that from I think like being a bit of a fancy, famous Croatian. I think they hooked me up, so to speak."

It's not clear exactly when the global chart-topper became a Croatian citizen.

Last month, Lorde met Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at a lunch hosted at Government House in Auckland.

She was photographed with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Grabar-Kitarovic who was in New Zealand on an official state visit.

During her chat with Maron, she also admitted that her homeland has a housing crisis, which she may have contributed to by purchasing her own home in early 2016 following the success of her debut album, Pure Heroine, and her chart-topping hit Royals.

She paid nearly $3 million for a villa on a quiet street on the border of Herne Bay, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn.

Lorde also said that her American friends "rip the s*** out of me for my accent all the time", including Jack Antonoff, with whom she worked on her latest album Melodrama.