A war of words has erupted between a women's magazine
publisher and broadcaster Alison Mau over paparazzi-style
photographs of Lorde and her boyfriend.
Photographs in Woman's Day show a bikini-clad Lorde
perched on her boyfriend James Lowe's shoulders as they
frolic in the sea. In other photos, the young couple are
hugging, and enjoying the view from a lighthouse.
Mau said the young Kiwi singer should be safe from that sort
of intrusion in her home country.
"Do we as Kiwis want New Zealand to be a place where Lorde
can come home to, and feel safe, and enjoy her privacy? I
very passionately do," Mau told the Herald.
Mau said Woman's Day had crossed the line. She said
the pop star should be left alone and spared intrusive media
"Lorde may be wise beyond her years, but she is still a
minor. The fact that she's a double Grammy winner and a celeb
is a red herring. She is still under 18 and deserves to be
able to grow up and form relationships without being followed
by photographers taking photos of intimate moments with her
"Woman's Day will say, 'She looks gorgeous in a bikini, and
we're just celebrating the love between Lorde and her
boyfriend,' but bulls***! They printed the titillating photos
in the magazine for the sole purpose of selling more mags."
Paul Dykzeul, chief executive of Woman's Day publisher
Bauer Media, said: "Frankly why would we be concerned about
what someone like Ali Mau thinks? We care about readers, and
these photos would be and are of genuine interest to our
"Lorde is an extraordinary talent that all Kiwis should be
proud of. Naturally people are interested in her life."
He said Mau had a "long-standing dislike" of the magazine.
Other paparazzi photos taken this week by international
agencies, showing the Kiwi teenager and her friends shopping
in Hollywood the day after her Grammy wins, were published in
Britain's Daily Mail and on international gossip
This week, Lorde criticised New Zealand media for almost
pushing over her family during her arrival at Auckland
Airport, calling it "a bit of a sad welcome" in a flurry of
tweets that were later deleted.
Lorde was unavailable yesterday and her manager, Scott
MacLachlan, was unwilling to be dragged into Mau's debate.
"I don't have any comment about those pics," he said.