Neil Finn offers Lorde “advice” – then retracts it

When Neil Finn told Lorde she needed to leave New Zealand, he was just making an offhand comment – not giving the singer advice.

Speaking to The Guardian today, Finn said Lorde should contemplate moving overseas rather than dealing with the intense media scrutiny back home. It follows an incident at Auckland airport where the multiple Grammy winner and her family were set upon by a team of reporters.

“Those news teams are idiots,” Finn told The Guardian. “New Zealand had, up until that moment, been quite a good environment [for her] because people are not super celebrity-oriented, they pretty much leave you alone. But it keeps reaching this new critical mass and now with winning two Grammys, I think it’s getting pretty intense.”

He said Lorde – aka Ella Yelich O’Connor – would be better off moving to New York, where celebrities are in abundance. “There are more famous people and less bother about it. It wouldn’t be a bad move to get among the centre of operations,” he said. But taking to Twitter earlier today, Finn said he didn’t expect the comments to be turned into a headline. “I should know better,” he tweeted to his 21,000 followers. “She doesn’t need my advice.”

Finn will return to Australia in March in support of his third solo album Dizzy Heights (out tomorrow), while Lorde wraps up her Laneway Festival tour in Adelaide and Perth this weekend.

Neil Finn’s best moments on Twitter:

Neil Finn Australian tour

Thursday, March 6 – Civic Centre, Nambour

Friday, March 7 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane

Tuesday, March 11 – GPAC Playhouse, Geelong

Wednesday, March 12 – Hammer Hall, Melbourne

Thursday, March 13 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (NEW SHOW)

Saturday, March 15 -Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Sunday, March 16 – Concert Hall, Perth

Thursday, March 20 – Civic Centre, Newcastle

Saturday, March 22 – Opera House, Sydney