Charli XCX Explains What Her 'Girl, So Confusing' Lyrics Are Actually About

6 June 2024, 18:01 | Updated: 7 June 2024, 17:17

Who Are Charli XCX's 'Girl, So Confusing' Lyrics About? The Meaning Explained
Who Are Charli XCX's 'Girl, So Confusing' Lyrics About? The Meaning Explained. Picture: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images, iHeartRadio
Sam  Prance

By Sam Prance

People think Charli XCX's 'Girl, So Confusing' lyrics are about either Lorde, Marina or Rina Sawayama and now Lorde appears to have responded.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Charli XCX is back with a new album and fans can't stop talking about her 'Girl, so confusing' lyrics and who they are about.

In 'Girl, so confusing', Charli sings about a strained relationship with another female artist: Yeah, I don't know if you like me / Sometimes I think you might hate me / Sometimes I think I might hate you / Maybe you just wanna be me. Charli later adds: People say we're alike / They say we've got the same hair / We talk about making music / But I don't know if it's honest.

Since the song came out, fans have speculated that it could be about Lorde, Marina or Rina Sawayama and Lorde has even entered the conversation. Who is it actually about though? Here's what Charli has said about the meaning behind the song.

Who are Charli XCX's 'Girl, so confusing' lyrics about?

Are Charli XCX's Girl, So Confusing' Lyrics About Marina?
Are Charli XCX's Girl, So Confusing' Lyrics About Marina? Picture: David M. Benett/Getty Images for Sushisamba London

Discussing 'Girl, so confusing' and who it's about on Las Culturistas, Charli said: "This is the first time I've spoken about this song so I haven't quite decided if I'm revealing [who it's about]. My thing is people are gonna guess." She also said that she wants people to have fun trying to figure out who the song is really about because she enjoys that aspect of pop culture.

Charli then explained her intentions with the song saying: "I think we live in this world of pop music right now where women are like, 'I support other women. I love women. I'm a feminist.' And that's great. Love that. But I don't think you become a bad feminist if you maybe don't see eye to eye with every single woman. That's just not the nature of human beings."

Charli continued: "There is a competitiveness between us. There is envy. There is camaraderie. There is all of these different dynamics. I feel that working in entertainment, there is this dance that we all do with each other. Everybody's posing in the picture but you're also like, 'I want what they have' and the next day you're like 'They suck'."

She also said: "This happens but no one is really willing to discuss it. We all probably have our person or maybe a few different people and I'm sure we are that person for other people."

"For The Night" (w/ Charli XCX) | Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang

While Charli may not be saying who the song is about for the time being, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating. At first, there were theories that the song is about Lorde. However, Lorde has since taken to Instagram stories to praise Charli's album writing: "I speak for all of us when I say it's an honour to be moved changed and gagged by her work".

There were also guesses that the song could be about Rina Sawayama based on Charli unfollowing Rina on Instagram last year and rumours of a feud between them but Charli has since told The Face: "It wasn’t even a falling out, we’re good".

As a result, people think that it could be about Marina. In the past, Charli and Marina have worked on music together but they've also had public fallouts. For example, in 2016 Marina suggested that Charli copied her with a photoshoot.

Of course, all of this is just speculation and theories for now. The song could be about anybody.

Who do you think 'Girl, so confusing' is about?

Charli XCX - 'Girl, so confusing' lyrics

CHORUS
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl
Man, I don't know, I'm just a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl

VERSE 1
Yeah, I don't know if you like me
Sometimes I think you might hate me
Sometimes I think I might hate you
Maybe you just wanna be me
You always say, "Let's go out"
So we go eat at a restaurant
Sometimes it feels a bit awkward
'Cause we don't have much in common

PRE-CHORUS
People say we're alike
They say we've got the same hair
We talk about making music
But I don't know if it's honest
Can't tell if you wanna see me
Falling over and failing
And you can't tell what you're feeling
I think I know how you feel

CHORUS
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl
Man, I don't know, I'm just a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl

VERSE 2
You're all about writing poems
But I'm about throwing parties
Think you should come to my party
And put your hands up
I think we're totally different
But opposites do attract
Maybe we're so meant to be
Just you and me

PRE-CHORUS
'Cause people say we're alike
They say we've got the same hair
One day we might make some music
The internet would go crazy
But you might still wanna see me
Falling over and failing
At least we're closer to being
On the same page

CHORUS
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, it's so confusing sometimes to be a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl, girl, girl
Girl, how do you feel being a girl?
Girl, girl
Man, I don't know, I'm just a girl
Girl, girl, girl, girl

OUTRO
Girl, girl, girl, girl

Read more from Capital Buzz here:

WATCH: Bridgerton Cast vs. 'The Most Impossible Bridgerton Quiz'

Bridgerton Cast vs. 'The Most Impossible Bridgerton Quiz'

Listen live to Capital, and catch up on any shows you missed, on Global Player.