Lorde’s Auckland Airport welcome
Award-winning singer Lorde is greeted by fans and media in New Zealand as she returns home with two Grammys. Courtesy of stuff.co.nz.
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Grammy-winning singer Lorde has let fly at media and some fans after an enthusiastic welcome home at Auckland Airport, which she has described as “sad”.
In a barrage of angry tweets, Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor, attacked media for “almost” pushing herself and her family over and the “lecherous gaze” to which she is subjected.
But just as soon as she launched the angry onslaught, the 17-year-old appears to have had a change of heart and hastily deleted the series of messages.
Lorde arriving at Auckland International Airport after the Grammys was earlier seen waving and smiling. Photo: Getty Images
“I understand that people of note are supposedly fair game for everyone to photograph and film but that doesn’t make it acceptable,” she had tweeted.
“There is a difference between attention from fans, which I love, and the constant, often lecherous gaze that I am subjected to in this industry.
“I know that success comes with a price tag, it just sucks when you see that in your tiny home country where you previously felt safe.”
Being asked for autographs … Lorde back home in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images
However, her backtracking came way too late after the grumpy messages were re-tweeted and “favourited” thousands of times by her nearly 1 million followers.
Lorde has had a meteoric rise over the past year, driven largely by the success of her smash hit Royals. This week, Royals netted her song of the year and best pop solo performance at the Grammys and she was seen rubbing shoulders with pop royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and Beyonce.
Widely praised for her poise and confidence, the Auckland teenager is clearly still getting used to the sudden fame that has been thrust upon her and all the attention she is receiving – some of it very strange indeed.
Lorde’s tweets about her “sad welcome” home to New Zealand after her Grammy win.
There is even the start of a Lorde age conspiracy theory — reminiscent of the bizarre “birther” rumours that have long surrounded Barack Obama — questioning whether the talented youngster can really be just 17.
Gossip blog Gawker has rounded up theories from some of the wilder shores of the internet that pick over the singer’s song lyrics and interviews for signs she might be older than she claims.
One wannabe sleuth has even applied for a copy of Lorde’s birth certificate in an effort to confirm or deny the gossip.
The Auckland teenager had earlier told awaiting media in Auckland that the feeling of winning her New Zealand awards was more intense than the Grammys. She took home four awards from the NZ Music Awards in November.
“I feel like I was more freaking when I won my New Zealand awards to be honest,” the 17-year-old said.
“It’s super cool but it becomes a normal thing once you’re amongst it.”
Lorde greeted waiting fans at Auckland Airport and appeared happy to get photos with the devoted crowd.
Kate Corrigan was among those who got a photo with Lorde in the arrivals hall.
“I love her, I think she is amazing.”
She said Lorde was lovely and she appreciated the star took the time to meet fans.
Cara Gibson, 15, also waited for her favourite singer at the airport.
She said Lorde’s international success has been incredible.
“It’s so good that someone from such a small country can make it over there.”
Lorde’s manager Scott Maclachlan, said he was happy to return to New Zealand, and they were both in disbelief that Royals was named best pop solo performance at the Grammys.
“This is the highlight for all of us, being back in New Zealand,” he said.
“It was great being in LA but coming back to this and the wellwishes – I’m really chuffed and I know she (Lorde) is.”
The star will not have long to rest after her 12-hour flight from Los Angeles, as she’s due to play to a hometown crowd of eager fans on Wednesday night. She was originally billed to play St Jerome’s Laneway Festival on Monday, but agreed to do a make-up show at Silo Park on Wednesday night after she pulled out of the festival line-up to attend the Grammys.
She will also play Laneway in Brisbane on Friday, Melbourne on Saturday and Sydney on Sunday, followed by South Australia and Western Australia.
– with Fairfax NZ