LORDE . . . the New Zealand singer who brought us "Royals" . . . will turn just 17 years old tomorrow, but she insists that she "has it together" more than the typical American child stars.



"GQ" magazine recently asked her how she's different from, quote, "the standard Disney-groomed teenage nightmares" . . . and here's what she had to say:



Quote, "The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience.  I'm way less inclined to be like, 'Look!  I'm [effing] mental!'"



She didn't name-names . . . but we're assuming she's talking about former Disney child stars like:  Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Zac Efron (allegedly), and possibly even Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.



Of course, there's also AMANDA BYNES, but she's a Nickelodeon kid.  The list goes on and on, especially if you consider more "fringe" child stars, who've gotten caught up in even worse stuff.