Lorde, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran Defend Bullied 'X Factor' Contestant
ThoughX Factor New Zealand contestant Joe Irvine was straight-up humiliated by British singer Natalia Kills and her husband, singer Willy Moon, during his now much-talked about audition, he's very clearly getting the last laugh.
After Natalia's over-the-top critique that Joe "copied" her husband's look -- calling him "a laughing stock, cheesy and disgusting," while Willy backed her up by calling him "creepy" and comparing him to Psycho killer Norman Bates -- the two were fired from the hit show. And now, a number of musicians have reached out to Joe to show their support for the bullied contestant, who still managed to call Natalia "beautiful" after her beyond-harsh comments during the live show.
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"Don't worry about what anyone else says man," Ed Sheeran tweeted to Joe on Monday. "Enjoy yourself with it, that's what singing is about, not what other people think."
@jooe63_joe don't worry about what anyone else says man. Enjoy yourself with it, that's what singing is about, not what other people think— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 16, 2015
Others were much more harsh with their criticism, specifically about the duo's notion that Willy was somehow the inventor of the skinny suit, slicked-back hair look.
"You sort of have to be, you know, vaguely relevant to have your style stolen just saying," Ellie Goulding wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Her frequent collaborator, DJ/producer Calvin Harris, took it one step further by posting a Snapchat video of Natalia's critique with the words "STFU" written over her face.
But Lorde had the sweetest response of all, sending Joe cupcakes and a handwritten note praising his "individuality, positive energy and spirit."
"I'm a performer too & I wanted to say that no matter how many people make fun of me for how I dress, move & act, I'm being me -- and that's what's important," she wrote.
@jooe63_joe lorde sent me cupcakes I thank u so much I love them pic.twitter.com/11kFEoVqwn— joe irvine (@jooe63_joe) March 16, 2015
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Luckily, the current judges on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice seem much nicer than the now-fired Natalia and Willy! ET caught up with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton in November, when they dished about what's really in those "Starbucks" cups on the show ....