Just last week the typically melodramatic Lana Del Rey managed to raise some alarms when it emerged that in an interview with The Guardian she said that she wishes she “was dead already”. However the singer has since dismissed the publication, claiming the writer was “calculated” and “sinister” with his approach.
In the profile in question, while speaking about her idols Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, Del Rey was asked if she sees an early death as a glamorous thing. “I don’t know. Ummm, yeah,” Del Rey responded, before adding, “I wish I was dead already…. I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”
In a series of tweets, that have since been deleted, Del Rey dismissed the story and its writer, claiming she was goaded into making those comments. “I regret trusting The Guardian– I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Alexis [Petridis] was masked as a fan but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about,” she added. “His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
As pointed out by MTV, Alexis Petridis was the Guardian critic that published a review of Lana Del Rey’s recently-released Ultraviolence on the same day as the profile which was actually penned by journalist Tim Jonze.
In the same contentious profile, Del Rey revealed to The Guardian that she was set to work with the late Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed on the very day that he passed away. Reed, who died from liver disease in October 2013, was going to appear on the singer’s Ultraviolence track Brooklyn Baby.
Ultraviolence is out now. Music Feeds reviewer Frances Vinall says of the album, “All the kitsch, artifice and melodrama [on Ultraviolence] are unashamedly presented to listeners and, much to Del Rey’s credit, it works.” Read the review in full here.
Listen: Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby