Natalia Kills denies ‘X Factor’ firing was a publicity stunt

Pop star and husband Willy Moon were sacked from New Zealand version of show this week

Natalia Kills has denied suggestions that her firing from The X Factor in New Zealand was a publicity stunt.

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

Both Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were removed from the show 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.

Speaking for the first time since her firing, Kills told MTV in Australia: “I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them, there’s really nothing to it. I love my husband with all of my heart, we’ll stick together no matter what.”

“There are many sides to this story and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses, so thank you absolutely everyone for your support. Thank you to all of my fans. Thank you to my husband.

She went on to give a message to Irvine: “I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys’ category all the best on the show.”

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