At the tender age of 17, New Zealand indie pop singer Lorde has accomplished much. She recently chalked up four Grammy nominations, after her breakout single Royals reigned on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for nine straight weeks.
But the initial fawning over her precocious talent has given way to the nastiest form of attention a pop star can get, reports The New Paper.
Lorde and her rumoured boyfriend have become victims of ugly and shocking racial online abuse, after a photograph of her with 24-year-old Asian photographer called James Lowe made rounds online.
The photograph captured a bikini-clad Lorde hugging Lowe while at the beach.
Granted, the poor, scrawny guy is not the best-looking of men. Decent and harmless, maybe. Regular, even. But to netizens, apparently not someone you would expect pop's current It Girl to date.
Fans of English-Irish boyband One Direction and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber also joined in, ready to lash out at the singer who supposedly called their idols "ugly".
Comments are largely insults, calling Lowe "ugly", "disgusting", "an Asian monkey", "the Chinese sort of ostrich boyfriend" and "a deformed Asian Jackie Chan" who "looks like he should be delivering Chinese takeaway".
A blogger, writing for the Los Angeles Times, spoke up for her, saying: "We should be grateful for people like Lorde, who openly challenge how we look at dating by being unapologetic about who they love. For Asian men like James Lowe, it's a necessary reminder that they exist too."
But Lorde seems to have chosen to keep mum in the wake of this tirade and not speak up against the racial stereotyping by all her haters, opting to focus on promoting her music instead.
Which is how it should be, considering the heights she has scaled.
Read the full report on The New Paper (Dec 13).