Lana Del Rey had a very strange interview with The Guardian editor, Tim Jonze. Just after the interview began raising eyebrows, Del Rey went on a rampage tweeting about it. Don't bother going to look for the tweets because they have been deleted due to her conscience making Del Rey regret what she had said.
Del Rey claimed the interviewer was determined to ask her "leading questions about death and persona." Del Rey tweeted, "I regret trusting The Guardian." Del Rey goes on to say that she only granted the interview because the journalist was persistent. Isn't that how journalists are supposed to be? Otherwise, we may never have any good stories to read.
However, Del Rey goes a step further by claiming he was "masked as a fan, but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles." Ouch! That's a bit hurtful. Del Rey pushes back even harder saying that, "Maybe he's actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about." Uh, Del Rey, he was writing about "you." You might want to think before tweeting -- good thing you can delete your tweets, but unfortunately a little too late.
So, what was so horribly written in The Guardian interview that Lana Del Rey lashed out about? Death. But not just death in general, but Lana Del Rey's views and opinions on how she feels about death.
When Lana Del Rey blurts out to the journalist, "I wish I was dead already," he instinctively jumps on that strange yet strong comment. Del Rey admitted that she and her boyfriend had recently been talking about their heroes, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Journalist Jonze pointed out that basically the only thing in common between those two was an early death. And he went a bit further to ask Del Rey if she viewed that as glamorous. This is how The Guardian interview continued:
"I don't know. Ummm, yeah," proclaims Del Rey.
"Don't say that!" blurts out journalist Jonze.
"But I do." says Del Rey. "I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."
"Do what? Make music?" asked journalist Jonze.
"Everything. That's just how I feel. If it wasn't that way, then I wouldn't say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but..." and so it begins that Lana Del Rey begins telling how unhappy she is being a pop star. Del Rey admits that she feels like she is constantly targeted by critics, and even goes so far to say that she doesn't want to be alive at all. Hello!? Shouldn't someone be calling Lana Del Rey a therapist right about now?
Del Rey recalls family members going on tour with her and in admiration will tell Del Rey that her life is like a movie! Del Rey's response? "Yeah, a really (expletive) movie!" (And that would not be a good movie, in case you are wondering).
After this interview went public, Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's daughter, blew a gasket. Frances, who lost her dad Kurt Cobain, when she was really young, did not appreciate the fact that Lana Del Rey was making the idea of dying young appealing to the masses, and began slapping Del Rey's wrists on Twitter.
Frances Cobain began retaliating in tweets directed to Del Rey saying, "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize."
In a long series of tweets, one after another, Frances Cobain continued to put Del Rey in her place stating, "I'll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool.' Well, it's (expletive) not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don't be one of those people. You're too talented to waste it away."
It would seem that Lana Del Rey struck a chord a little too close to home for Frances Bean Cobain. And who can blame her? Dying young should not be a beautiful fantasy. Living life to it's fullest should be. If Lana Del Rey is miserable as a pop star, maybe she should chose another line of work. I'm sure there are millions of starving artists who would give anything to take Del Rey's place and be happy about it, and want to live to enjoy it all. Just a thought.
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