Kiwi pop sensation Lorde has spoken out the problems she's faced over her young age, saying she is sometimes made to feel "like a tiny baby".

In a new interview with The Guardian, the Royals hitmaker - who only turned 17 three weeks ago - said she knew her age would be an issue, but she thought the fuss would have died down by now.

"I thought that it would be a thing when they first heard about me, and then it would stop being a thing, but no," she told the newspaper.

"I've been in some situations where people have treated me like a fascinating toy. You know, it's just like an interesting kind of fun thing to have a play with. It's very weird for me. I feel like a tiny baby.


"But it's all relative: when you're my age in particular, every year feels like a massive change. The difference between 15 and 17 is colossal for everyone."

The singer, whose hit single Royals has spent eight weeks at No. 1 in the US, also said she worried about suffering "burn out".

"I'm very conscious of people having pretty short attention spans: I know, I'm guilty of it. I'm 17 now: what happens by the time I'm 21, am I a burn-out or something?

"Will they still listen to my record?"

Lorde recently won four Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards, including Single of the Year for Royals, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, the International Achievement Award and the People's Choice Award. She also picked up video of the year for Royals.

* Read the full interview here.