Reports: Lorde has split from her boyfriend James Lowe after three years
Sonja Yelich, Ella Yelich-O'Connor aka Lorde's mum, has hit back as Twitter users react to the news that the pop star has reportedly split from her boyfriend of three years James Lowe.
Responding to several Tweets between two Twitter users about Lorde and John Key's son Max reportedly being single, Yelich called out the tweeters for talking about her popstar daughter.
"@Zagzigger2 @AndyPickeringNZ glad you are having fun at my daughter's expense. And what, may I ask, is your contribution to NZ?," she posted.
BBC partners with Buzzfeed on a story based on algorithms. The Herald & Scout reveal Lorde & Max Key are single. What a time to be alive.— Andy Pickering (@AndyPickeringNZ) January 18, 2016
The initial tweeter responded by saying there was no offence intended, "true, no fun being had here," said the other.
Lowe, 26, has been at the singer's side since her career took off, featuring regularly in her Instagram posts.
But according to the NZ Herald, the pair split toward the end of last year.
The pair haven't featured in one another's social media posts for months.
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Lowe has rarely been outspoken about dating the 19-year-old super star, but did make a blog post in 2014 in which he detailed what it was like to date her, how proud he was of her achievements and the way he'd been affected by the second-hand fame.
"My life is probably a lot different now, but it feels normal on the inside," he said. "Jared Leto said that fame doesn't change you, it changes everyone around you. While I'm not the centre of attention here (and f***, the times I have, it's never been fun), I do become aware of the people around me and their transparency. They fail to hide it," he wrote.
In recent months, Lorde took on a sexy new image for a steamy shoot of the video clip for Magnets - her collaboration with Disclosure - which, according to the Herald, Lowe was less than impressed with.
Since then, she's hinted she's working on a new album, and bought her first home - a near $3 million villa in Herne Bay.
While she's been relatively quiet on social media of late, she has recently starting updating her Tumblr page again and has said she's excited for 2016.
Whether Lowe is at her side or not, Lorde's clearly moving on to big things this year.
Lorde's label Universal had no comment to make on the rumoured split.