Singer Lana Del Rey has recently found herself in a rather gloomy spotlight.
After citing Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse as her heroes, the 28-year-old New York native recently stated in an interview with The Guardian that “I wish I was dead already.” She reaffirmed this in the interview, continuing that, “I do! I don’t want to keep doing this. But I am.”
This riled up all parties involved, as Del Rey spurned The Guardian in a string of tweets Tuesday, saying that "i regret trusting the guardian- i didn't want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent.”
While mistaking the reporter, Tim Jonze, for a different writer, she went on to tweet that, "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.”
Del Rey, who turned 28 on Saturday, continued, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated."
These tweets (which have since been deleted) prompted a response from the British publication. Along the way, steadfast fans have continued to support her new album “Ultraviolence,” while elsewhere a backlash has begun.
Perhaps the most notable response came from the daughter of one of Del Rey’s heroes, the late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain. Frances Bean Cobain took to Twitter on the subject, tweeting at Del Rey that “The death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize ... I’ll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it’s ‘cool.’”
Cobain continued, "Embrace life, because u only get one life. The ppl u mentioned wasted that life. Don't be 1 of those ppl. ur too talented to waste it away."
Cobain added, “I’m not attacking anyone. I have no animosity toward Lana. I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience.”
Del Rey, whose seductive 2012 album, “Born To Die,” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard rock albums chart, kept her composure. She continued the Twitter conversation and defended her statements, saying that the interviewer had steered her statements. She went on to tweet, “I liked [Kurt Cobain] because he was talented not because he died young.”
Del Rey ended the exchange on a vague note, seemingly honing on early deaths of young musicians: “the other half of what I said wasn't really related to the people he mentioned/ I don't find that part of music glam either”.
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