December 6, 2013 1:00 PM

Lorde's mom: George Brett photo was in Lorde's vintage National Geographic collection

Lorde's mom, Sonja Yelich, emailed the Star March 20 and helped explain the George Brett connection. National Geographic had confirmed that pop star Lorde was referring to a photo of Kansas City Royals’ baseball legend George Brett when she explained where she got the inspiration for her megahit “Royals.”

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