Lorde’s Boyfriend James Lowe The Attention of Dating A Popstar Can Get Pretty Brutal

Though he doesn't enjoy the media intrusion, he 'couldn't be prouder' of her achievements...


by Sophie Wilkinson |
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James Lowe, who is perhaps better known to you (and just about everyone) as Lorde’s boyfriend, has returned to his blog after a hiatus (he was busy watching True Detective) to talk about his relationship with the teen superstar. And it doesn't sound pretty.

‘I've experienced being a target of the tabloids, finding moments I thought I was in safe hands splattered all over the internet, being pushed and shoved, or watching others get pushed and shoved by paparazzi just to get what they think they're entitled to,' he writes, in reference, no doubt to those photos of him with 17-year-old Lorde on the beach together.

The photo was then Instagrammed by Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator with a ‘Hahahahahah’ caption, and went viral, with haters saying James was ‘ugly’, or simply slinging racist insults his way. Oh, and a recent scuffle at Auckland airport between the media and Lorde – real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor.


So why does photographer James, 25, still put his work out there? Why is he writing a blog anyway, isn’t it just another reason for more websites to dredge up these hurtful memories? Well, no: ‘I have learnt that if you’re not putting up your own photos, someone else will, and they WILL take credit for your work,’ he writes. ‘This blog developed into a series of words and pictures, thoughts and often over-thoughts about trying to live in a country that wasn’t my own, about trying to be in a relationship with a girl who lives 6,000 miles away, about whatever the fuck someone in their 20s shouldn’t be doing, but currently is. My life is probably a lot different now, but it feels normal on the inside.’


He goes on to acknowledge the privileges of Lorde’s fame – such as being able to fly around the world with her and meeting amazing photographers and artists. ‘There is a bright, shining silver lining to this thing I’ve been exposed to… For all of this I have to thank the one I look up to the most. Who I admire the most. Who still fills the little voids I try to avoid,’ he writes. 'As much as I miss her, I couldn’t be prouder of what she has achieved so far.'

Aw. It seems Lorde's not the only one who's good with words. You can follow more of James’s sweet words over on his blog, Ono Field.

Follow Sophie on Twitter @sophwilkinson

Pictures: @jamesklowe

This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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