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Natalia Kills and Willy Moon Speak Out: X Factor 'Encourages Judges to Be Forthright and Opinionated'

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While her tirade against contestant Joe Irvine – and the firing that followed – seemed fairly straightforward, former X Factor New Zealand judge Natalia Kills insists that there is more to the situation than meets the eye – but it’s not a “conspiracy.”

“I feel like everyone needs to put the idea of it being a manufactured conspiracy theory behind them,” Kills, 28, told MTV Australia. “There’s really nothing to it.”

Judging by the some of the comments PEOPLE received on this story, the singer may have been referring to the theory that this has all been some calculated publicity campaign to boost Kills’s profile, along with that of her husband Willy Moon.

“I love my husband with all my heart. We’ll stick together no matter what,” she added, before going on to imply that there may, in fact, be some sort of conspiracy present.

“There are many sides to this story,” Kills said, “and I am not about to get an entire industry in trouble that has been going on for years and years entertaining the masses, so thank you absolutely everyone for your support.”

Following her statement to MTV Australia, Kills echoed her sentiments in a Tweet on Wednesday, also writing that she was “relieved” to “break the silence.”

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“The show brought me on to bring my passion, dramatic expression and perspective,” she wrote. “I was encouraged to be outspoken and things got out of hand. Joe, I hope you can forgive me and I wish you all the best! Be natural, unconventional and be you!”

Moon, 25, had a similar statement. “The reality of ‘reality’ TV is that there’s a lot the viewer doesn’t see,” he Tweeted. “The show encourages judges to be forthright and highly opinionated. It went too far and I never intended to single anyone out. I wish the contestants, crew, and particularly Joe, all the best.”

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Their well wishes are in stark contrast to their earlier criticism of Irvine, in which Kills called him “cheesy” and “disgusting” for having “copied” her husband by choosing to slick back his hair and wear a slim-fitted suit.

“I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious,” she said on Sunday’s episode of X Factor New Zealand. “I am embarrassed to be sitting here in your presence having to even dignify you with an answer of my opinion.”

For his part, Moon compared Irvine to Norman Bates and said, “It’s just a little bit creepy and I feel like you’re going to stitch someone’s skin to your face and then kill everyone in the audience.”

Prior to their joint apologies, their only response to the controversy had been Kills’s Tweet in which she thanked her fans and linked to her 2013 song “Problem,” writing, “You know what they say about me.”

And don’t worry about Irvine – the contestant has received support from fellow Kiwi Lorde as well as Brits Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding, to name just a few.

Watch Natalia Kills and Willy Moon’s "Destructive Tirades"