Lorde just turned 17 on November 7. Kinda surprising, right? The “Royals” artist can come off as much older what with her grown-up lyrics, style, and voice. That said, who would have thunk Lorde would take a similarly mature approach when it comes to her love life?

While back home in New Zealand, the up-and-coming Kiwi headed to the beach with her rumored boyfriend, photographer James Lowe. The two make a cute couple but, just a heads up, Lorde’s potential love is seven years older than his talented teen queen. In the photos from Auckland, the 24-year-old and his musical friend got cozy on the beach with a bikini-clad Lorde giving James a hug from behind as he looked rather melancholy in dark swim shorts.

See photos of Lorde and James at the beach!

Not much is known about Lorde and James’s relationship though he’s a frequent guest star on her Instagram. Just two weeks ago the two left the laid-back beach attire at home for a fancy night out at the American Music Awards. James donned a suit with rolled up pants while Lorde smoldered in her dramatic black gown.

Back in August, Lorde posted a more intimate photo of her maybe bf. “James is sick,” she captioned an image of the photog seemingly asleep in bed. A month earlier, in July, the doting Lorde celebrated James’s birthday with a selfie of the pair brushing their teeth because nothing says love like good oral hygiene.

What do you make of Lorde’s older man-friend? As long as they’re happy or too big a gap? Maybe they’re not even an item?

Sources: E! News, Lorde on Instagram

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!