Grammy Award-winning singer Lorde took to Twitter Sunday to denounce a reporter who was seeking to confirm whether her wearing an apparent engagement ring meant she was engaged.
"You have officially hit the big time when creeps from e think wearing rings means getting married" wrote the 17-year-old "Royals" singer, born Ella Yelich-O'Connor, referring to the E! Entertainment Television network.
Accompanying the tweet was a photo of a note apparently sent to her photographer boyfriend James K. Lowe's publicly available email address, reading:
"Hi, James, not sure if you remember me from back in December, but my name is Maureen and I'm writing to you from E! News and E! Entertainment Television in Los Angeles. I hope you're having a great Friday so far! There are some new photographs of Lorde out today wearing what appears to be a diamond ring on her ring finger. Are you two engaged? Thank you in advance for anything you can share and congratulations if true!"
"It's our policy to fact check before we run a story," a spokesman for E! News told Newsday, reiterating standard journalistic practice to confirm information with sources. He had no comment as to whether the reporter named in Lorde's tweet was E! News Supervising Producer Maureen Heaton. E! Online had not reported or tweeted on Lorde's statements as of late Sunday afternoon.
Following engagement speculation this month when Lorde was seen with a ring, the New Zealand-born singer's representative told E! on March 10, "I can confirm Lorde is not engaged."
Lorde had confirmed a relationship with Lowe, 24, in an interview published by Rolling Stone in January. The two were photographed together on a beach in November.