WEARING dark sunglasses, singer-songwriter Lorde, arrived at Auckland airport on Wednesday morning fresh from winning two Grammy awards in Los Angeles.
Auckland Airport staff performed a haka and a few eager fans greeted the star with cardboard banners and snapped pictures with her on their phones.
But members of the media almost pushed Lorde and her family over at the airport as they tried to get their shots, said the star in a series of tweets that have since been deleted.
“I know that success comes with a price tag,” she wrote.
“It just sucks when you see that in your tiny home country where you previously felt safe.”
But she was careful to point out that she still appreciated the attention from fans.
“There is a difference between attn [sic] from fans, which I love, and the constant, often lecherous gaze that I’m subjected to in this industry.”
“I’m beginning to get used to my image as a public commodity and the fact that I’m getting used to it frightens me.”
Despite feeling tired from her 12-hour flight and hectic media schedule, the 17-year-old Devonport schoolgirl told media she had been more nervous at the New Zealand music awards, where she won single of the year, breakthrough artist of the year, people’s choice award and international achievement.
“I was more freaking out when I won my New Zealand music awards to be honest.
“Like, it’s super cool but it becomes a normal thing after a while I guess.”
Lorde scooped Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year awards for her hit Royals at the Grammys on Monday, sharing the Song of the Year award with co-writer and producer Joel Little.
In a hand-written note published by the NZ Herald, Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, thanked her fans for their support.