“If Complex — or the media at large—operated the way Lorde wished, it would do away with journalistic integrity all together,” he adds. “Lorde — as well as Iggy — seem to confuse press as ‘respect’ and criticism as being thrown ‘under the bus’.”


Ahmed adds that Complex will continue to cover Lorde, Iggy Azalea, and Grimes and hopes they will be open to more interviews with the publication. “But we’re not going to treat artists like they’re above reproach just because we profiled them” he says. “Why? Well, because that would just be plain spineless.”