Lana Del Rey's rough release week
June 24th, 2014
12:01 PM ET

Lana Del Rey's rough release week

Lana Del Rey had every reason to be on top of the world with the release of her new album, "Ultraviolence," but the days following its June 16 arrival haven't been smooth sailing.

The singer/songwriter has come under criticism for an interview she gave to the U.K. paper The Guardian, in which she was quoted as saying, "I wish I was dead already ... that's just how I feel."

That comment, particularly in context of her conversation about how other famous musicians like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse died young, prompted Cobain's daughter Frances Bean to admonish Rey for her perspective.

"The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," Frances Bean tweeted to Del Rey on June 22. "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 f*****g not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life."

Del Rey reportedly tweeted that her Guardian interview wasn't representative of the conversation she had with the paper, saying that she was asked pointed, calculated questions and that she regrets doing the interview. The Guardian has screengrabs of the tweets, which have been deleted.

Del Rey didn't, however, delete her tweeted response to Frances Bean.

"It's all good," Del Rey told Frances Bean of her criticism. "(The Guardian) was asking me a lot a out your dad I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young - 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."

And if the kerfuffle over the Guardian interview wasn't enough of a distraction from her record, there are now also reports that the singer has split from her boyfriend.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. antano1970

    Apparently her speech was better than the music.

    June 30, 2014 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. babsbasia

    let Lana sing her soul out/ she was obviously trying to promote a new album release/ and then gets all caught up with 'non-talent' artists and journalists, blah blah blah,/ I would much rather listen to her sing her fab tunes- (lots not even released- unlike adele)// there is no 'hatred' in her music and she does not really single out anyone/ tired of #stupid media

    June 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • antano1970

      Yes, the media is directly responsible for probably many deaths.
      I'm tired of useless bags of protein that use this make-believe language of hash tag nonsense...maybe the media could work on those folks next?

      October 14, 2014 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |

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