In her monster hit "Royals," Lorde acknowledges that "we'll never be royals"; still, the 17-year-old New Zealand pop sensation has paparazzi following her around like she's a member of the Royal Family.
One New Zealand paparazzo in particular has upset Lorde so much that she's accusing him of stalking her. But that's not all.
The singer is attempting to seize control of the situation by turning the tables on the snapper. She's taken to Twitter, on which she has a cool 1.5 million followers, and has repeatedly posted photos of photographer Simon Runting, along with a link to his Facebook account and some of his handiwork, including seemingly invasive photos of Rihanna in her hotel room last year.
this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. he frequents central akl pic.twitter.com/RGv39ESELV— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014
i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear. pic.twitter.com/G9FLG1thUP— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014
As Lorde is probably well aware, Rihanna also tried to turn the tables on the pap by posting those unflattering photos on her Instagram account along with the words, "I hate these ni***z more than the Nazi," borrowing Kanye West's lyrics about paparazzi from his hit "Flashing Lights." The offending photos have since been removed.
In a subsequent tweet, Lorde added, "I understand that comes with the territory. I do not understand why I should be complacent."
While Lorde is taking this battle personally, it's certainly not the first time she's revealed what she believes to be unseemly practices of the media. Back in late March, she spoke out the common practice of using Photoshop to digitally erase blemishes from faces of celebrities by posting before-and-after photos of herself — one edited, and one au natural.
i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-) pic.twitter.com/PuRhxt2u2O— Lorde (@lordemusic) March 31, 2014