Former ‘X Factor’ contestant Cher Lloyd calls Lorde a ‘knob’

Lloyd says Lorde will 'eat her words' after criticising fellow pop singers Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

X Factor singer Cher Lloyd has branded Lorde a “knob” after the 16-year-old New Zealander spoke out against fellow pop singers Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez.

In recent weeks Lorde – whose single ‘Royals’ is currently Number One on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart – has criticised Gomez’s track ‘Come And Get It’, saying she is “sick of women being portrayed this way”. She also spoke negatively about Swift’s influence on her fans, claiming the country-pop singer is “so flawless and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls”.

Responding to Lorde’s outspoken comments during an interview with, Lloyd said: “No way! Why does she have to go do that? She’s doing so well — what a knob. Why would she do that? She’s sitting at Number One.”

Continuing, Lloyd said of Lorde: “I think she’s going to eat her words, which she obviously already has, and I think for someone who’s gaining so much success so early, she should be considering herself lucky, it takes a lot of work. You know what though? If she said something about me, it’d be a different story. I wouldn’t stand for any of that, I’d be straight back on it.”

Meanwhile, Lorde has recently revealed that she wants to write for Rihanna and Ellie Goulding now the success of ‘Royals’ has seen her attract the attention of top pop songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Jessie J).

Lorde will release ‘Royals’ in the UK on October 20 followed by her debut full-length LP, ‘Pure Heroine’, on October 28. Speaking previously to NME about her desire to retain control over her music, she said: “Everything that’s put out with my name on it should be representative of me and what i want to do as an artist, as opposed to what some dudes in a room think is going to make a lot of money.”

The ‘Pure Heroine’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Tennis Court’
‘400 Lux’
‘Buzzcut Season’
‘Glory And Gore’
‘Still Sane’
‘White Teeth Teens’
‘A World Alone’