Fired ‘X Factor’ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon offer apology to contestant

Married couple were removed from show after labelling Irvine "creepy" live on air

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon have both apologised to the X Factor contestant they criticised prior to being fired from the show.

Kills was involved in the recent “bullying” controversy which saw her lose her job as a judge on the New Zealand version of the show.

Both Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were removed from by Mediaworks, the owners of X Factor broadcaster TV3 following a live show on Saturday (March 14) in which the pair harshly criticised contestant Joe Irvine following his performance.

The couple, who married in 2014, have both now apologised via their Twitter pages with Kills saying that she was “relieved” to break her silence on the subject.

“”A lot goes on behind the scenes of a reality TV show and you see isn’t always the whole story,” she wrote. “The show brought me on to bring my passion, dramatic expression and perspective. I was encouraged to be outspoken and things got out of hand.” Reaching out to Irvine, she added: “Joe. I hope you can forgive me and I wish you all the best! Be natural, unconventional and be you!”

Moon’s statement striked a similar note. He wrote, “The show encourages judges to be forthright and highly opinionated. It went too far and I never intended to single out anyone.”

Read both statements below:

Meanwhile, both Ed Sheeran and Lorde have sent messages of support to Joe Irvine since the incident.