If you thought Natalia Kills had nothing left to say following her vicious takedown of “X Factor New Zealand” contestant Joe Irvine, think again. After getting fired from the Simon Cowell-created series, along with her suit-donning husband Willy Moon for their insensitive comments on the show, the 28-year-old artist decided to dish her version of what happened during an interview with MTV Australia.
“There are many sides to this story, " Kills stated. “But I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses.” The “Problem” singer went on to confirm that there was no “conspiracy theory” behind the bullying of Irvine, putting an end to rumors that the “X Factor” smack down was a way for the married couple to boost their celebrity. Kills then concluded the interview by thanking everyone who supported her and Moon during the controversial situation, even giving a special shout out to her husband’s doppelgänger. “I would like to wish Joe Irvine and my boys category all the best on the show."
That wasn’t the last time Kills would reach out to the contestant she previously humiliated on the singing competition. After calling Irvine “a laughing stock” in front of thousands, Kills decided to publicly apologize to the performer she previously shamed on the stage via Twitter. “Joe, I hope you can forgive me and I wish you all the best! Be natural, unconventional and be you!” she said, pinning her bad girl behavior on the show that “encouraged” her to be outspoken.”
“A lot goes on behinds-the-scenes of a reality show and what you see isn’t always the whole story. The show brought me on to bring my passion, dramatic expression and perspective,” she stated. “Things got out of hand.” Moon,25, followed suit, issuing a similar apology that also held “X Factor” responsible for what happened. “The show encourages judges to be forthright and highlight opinioned. It went too far and I never intended to single anyone out,” he said, wishing Irvine “all the best.”
This was the first time the couple spoke out since they attacked Irvine for his fashion choices: “As an artist who respects creative integrity and intellectual property, I am disgusted by how much you’ve copied my husband,” Kills told the contestant after his performance. “From the hair to the suit, do you not have any value or respect for originality? You’re a laughing stock. It’s cheesy. It’s disgusting. I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious. I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.”
Moon chimed in with his two cents, referring to Irvine as Norman Bates. “I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everybody in the audience," he said.
Kills and Moon have since been replaced on the “X Factor New Zealand” judge’s panel by Australian Singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte and I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright.