• Lorde and Ed Sheeran lead support for bullied X Factor New Zealand contestant

    Lorde has shown her support for Joe Irvine, the X Factor New Zealand contestant at the centre of a controversy that saw two of the show's judges fired. The pop star – originally from Auckland – sent a sweet handwritten note and a box of cupcakes to Joe, after he was verbally attacked by Natalia Kills and her husband and fellow judge Willy Moon following his rendition of Cry Me A River. Humbled Joe shared a picture on Twitter of the cupcakes, which spelt out ‘Keep Being Joe', and Lorde's thoughtful message. "Hi Joe," it began. "Just wanted