The presence of the paparazzi is an uncomfortable, unwelcome thing when an artist reaches a certain point of celebrity. Lorde isn't having it, and she turned the tables on a particularly creepy (from the sounds of it) photographer that's crossed her path.
Lorde took to Twitter last night to vent about Simon Runting, a photographer who she claims is "stalking" her and "refusing [her] privacy." Lorde then posted numerous shots of Runting, along with a photo he'd taken of Rihanna and a link to his Facebook page.
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
his name is simon runting. he took these photos of rihanna at her hotel last year. pic.twitter.com/witARDCHym— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014
this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry. pic.twitter.com/JYtURQ2Ara— 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
i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent.— Lorde (@lordemusic) May 4, 2014
Lorde isn't one to put up with invasive behavior, and her Twitter stand hardly comes as a surprise: she put a DJ in his place earlier this year when asked if she was "together" with Taylor Swift, and she previously told Fuse News that she has a "low tolerance for stupid people."
Hopefully, Runting steers clear of the New Zealander pop star. In the meantime, good on you, Lorde, for sticking up for yourself and your safety.