Natalia Kills Finally Responds to the X Factor Controversy

In an interview with MTV Australia, the artist formerly known as Verbalicious spoke about her horrific comments:

“I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them, there’s really nothing to it. I love my husband with all of my heart, we’ll stick together no matter what.”

She went on to add:

“There are many sides to this story and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses, so thank you absolutely everyone for your support. Thank you to all of my fans. Thank you to my husband. I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys category all the best on the show.”

As you can see, her response makes almost as little sense as her initial comments. Apart from dismissing rumors that the incident was staged by the show’s producers, there appears to be very little point to her her observations and they’re a stark indication that she should most probably forgo speaking in public from now on. I can’t imagine many people particularly care about the “many sides to this story” – short of demonic possession, I don’t see what would excuse her actions.

The “Problem” singer and her husband have been condemned by almost everyone with an internet connection, including some of their fellow pop stars (although, it has to be said, calling Natalia Kills or Willy Moon a star is a little misleading.) Ed Sheeran leant his support to Joe Irvine on Twitter, Ellie Goulding threw some marvellous shade at the husband and wife duo and Calvin Harris labeled Moon a “Cliff Richard looking motherf*cker” on Snapchat. The sweetest gesture of goodwill towards Irvine came from fellow Kiwi, Lorde, who sent Joe cupcakes and an adorable letter.

The pair have since been dismissed from their positions as judges on the popular TV show, but in even more entertaining news, there are rumors swirling about that Kills and Moon (sounds like a bad detective duo in a cheesy crime show, no?) are planning to sue The X Factor New Zealand for wrongful dismissal. I can’t imagine many people would be averse to seeing the two former judges dragged in court, so let’s hope this one plays out.

I’m acutely aware that this article sounds extraordinarily pressed, but just like most people who actually knew who Natalia Kills was before this debacle, I’m just a little disappointed. Although her first album as Natalia Kills, ‘Perfectionist’ did very little for me, her second attempt, ‘Trouble’, was one of the better albums of 2013. The sound wasn’t revolutionary but Kills offered interesting insight into her life and displayed some real lyrical promise, backed by Grammy award winning producer, Jeff Bhasker.

Obviously, any interest in Natalia’s already shaky solo career has completely vanished, with her deal at Cherry Tree Records terminated and her status as public enemy number one firmly established. As it all goes down though, I can’t help but feel like… Oh, I’ll let Tyra talk for me:

What do YOU make of Natalia’s comments?