January 29, 2014 21:40

Lorde slams New Zealand press for being heavy handed on her return home

The 17-year-old singer takes to Twitter to vent her anger following double Grammy Awards victory

Lorde slams New Zealand press for being heavy handed on her return home

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Lorde has slammed the press in New Zealand for being heavy handed following her double Grammy Awards win.

The 17-year-old singer took to Twitter to vent her anger after she returned to Auckland and claimed that she and her family were "almost pushed over" by the waiting press at the airport.

In a series of tweets, which the 17-year-old has since removed, according to MTV, the star ranted: "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.

"There is a difference between attention from fans, which I love, and the constant, often lecherous gaze that I'm subjected to in this industry."

She continued: "I understand that people of note are supposedly fair game for everyone to photograph and film but that doesn't make it acceptable. NZ media almost pushed over myself and my family at the airport this morning in order to get their shots, bit of a sad welcome if I'm honest."

The singer, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, recently admitted that her life has changed since shooting to fame with the release of her breakthrough single 'Royals' and debut album 'Pure Heroine' in 2013. "I feel like I catch public transportation slightly less than I did," she revealed.

She took home the Song Of The Year gong at the Grammy Awards for 'Royals' and Best Pop Solo Performance on Sunday (January 26). She also performed at the event.

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