Lana Del Rey is heading straight to the top of the Billboard 200 with sophomore set Ultraviolence but instead of celebrating its excellence we’re still talking about an off-the-cuff comment she made during a recent interview with The Guardian. When asked about the untimely deaths of artists like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, she admitted to finding it glamorous and said: “I wish I was dead already.”
The 27-year-old obviously felt misrepresented and fired off a string of stinging tweets. “I regret trusting the Guardian,” the songwriter wrote. “I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent.” Lana then turned her attention to the author. “Alexis 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 pondered. “His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
As it turns out, the “Shades Of Cool” singer named the wrong author, which could have something to do with a link to Alexis Petridis‘s Ultraviolence review sitting at the top of the article. (I put my hand up for making the same mistake). Apart from that she’s just seems to be venting — at no point does she accuse Tim Jonze (the actual writer) of misquoting her.
Which is why I find it a little unnecessary that The Guardian posted the audio today (June 20). Listening to it only seems to support her argument that she was politely pushed into talking about the morbid subject matter. There’s also more context to her describing premature celebrity deaths as glamorous. Anyway, check it out for yourself below or just play Ultraviolence instead if you’re as bored by this as I am.
Was Lana prodded into making a regrettable comment or was the journalist simply doing his job? Have your say in the comments below.
[Via The Guardian].
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