Lorde Tweets Name, Photo of Her 'Stalker'

Says she's 'scared' of Simon Runting
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2014 10:40 AM CDT
Lorde Tweets Name, Photo of Her 'Stalker'
New Zealand's singer-songwriter Lorde answers questions from the press ahead of her performance in Mexico City, Mexico, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Seventeen-year-old musical phenom Lorde, not one to suffer fools, says a male paparazzo is stalking her. Among her tweets from last night, most accompanied by Simon Runting's photo and, in one case, a link to his Facebook page:

  • "this man has been stalking me, photographing me and refusing me privacy. i am scared of him. ... his name is simon runting,"
  • "this should not be an accepted standard for young women or anyone in this industry."
  • "i refuse to stay complicit and i refuse to stay passive about men systematically subjecting me to extreme fear."
  • "i understand that this comes with the territory. i do not understand why I should be complacent."

Gawker describes Runting as "a New Zealand photographer who appears to focus primarily on celebrities" and points out that a photo he took last year of Rihanna led her to quote a Kanye West song about hating the paparazzi "more than the Nazi." (More Lorde stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.