Natalia Kills is speaking out for the first time since being fired from X Factor New Zealand. Why was she axed, and what does she have to say about it?
Kills and husband Willy Moon are accused of being too harsh on constant Joe Irvine. She says despite what fans saw, there are “many sides to this story.”
Maybe so, but she did not mince words on The X Factor.
“As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted by how much you’ve copied my husband,” she told the contestant.
Irvine had just performed a version of “Cry Me a River.”
“From the hair to the suit, do you not have any respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock. It’s cheesy. It’s disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious."
She didn't even stop there, adding this for a coup de grace: "I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.”
See below. Moon wasn't all that much nicer ...
Kills and her husband were fired from the show after Irvine received support from numerous fans, including celebrities like New Zealand native Lorde.
Taylor Swift’s BFF sent the aspiring artist cupcakes which read “Keep Being Joe” and a handwritten letter praising him, which only helped the story go viral.
In the aftermath of her dismissal, Natalia denied that the incident was staged, and wished Irvine the best as she admitted she got a bit carried away.
"I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them,” the singer said. "There's really nothing to it."
"The show brought me on to bring my passion, dramatic expression and perspective. I was encouraged to be outspoken and things got out of hand."
"There are many sides to this story, " Kills said. “But I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years entertaining the masses."
"So thank you absolutely everyone for your support."
"Thank you to all of my fans. Thank you to my husband," Natalia concluded, adding, "I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys category all the best."