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Lorde Condemns New Zealand Media for Pushing Her; Thanks Hometown Fans for Grammy Wins

Image courtesy of Bret Hartman/CBS (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Bret Hartman/CBS (via ABC News Radio)

Lorde has mixed feelings about being a Grammy winner. According to The Southland Times , the singer had a rough time when she arrived at Auckland International Airport in her home country of New Zealand just hours after picking up the Grammys for for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year for her hit single, “Royals.”

In a series of Tweets that have since been deleted, Lorde claimed that members of the New Zealand media “almost pushed over” her and members of her family at the airport so they could get pictures of her. She added she’s having some issues adjusting to her new-found fame, tweeting, “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. I understand that people of note are supposedly fair game for everyone to photograph and film but that doesn't make it acceptable.”

The singer also drew a distinction between the reaction she gets from fans and "the constant, and often lecherous gaze that i'm subjected to in this industry."

While she’s not thrilled with how the New Zealand media treats her, she did take a moment to thank her fans there. The singer had a handwritten note published in the New Zealand Herald on Wednesday, in which she acknowledged the support she’s received from everyone in her home country.

“I just want to say thank you for the time you’ve given me the past 14 months," she writes. "Finding out about me online or in between these pages or in your headphones. Without your support, there’s no way I would ever have gotten to stand in the middle of the Staples Center and perform in my school shoes.”

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