Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey is about to release her excellent sophomore album, Ultraviolence, and to promote that record, she is giving some kinda provocative interviews. First was the “feminism is not an interesting concept” interview she did with FADER. She then told Clash she considers quitting music every day (“It’s still not really worth all the bullshit”). Today, the Guardian posted their piece on LDR, which opens with the singer saying, “I wish I was dead already.”

Quotes like that, presented out of context, are often more harmless than they first appear — maybe she was kidding! Maybe she was really hung over! — but that quote is followed by an exchange that only sinks the knife deeper:

Don’t say that, I say instinctively.

“But I do.”

You don’t!

“I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”

Do what? Make music?

“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 …”

Ultraviolence is a dark, sad, weird record, so it makes sense that LDR is in a dark, sad, weird place, but you rarely see a subject go to those places in a newspaper interview. Here are a couple more choice exchanges:

“Family members will come on the road with me and say: ’Wow, your life is just like a movie!’” she says at one point. “And I’m like: ’Yeah, a really fucked-up movie.’


I ask how long she got to enjoy the success of Video Games before the backlash arrived and she looks surprised. “I never felt any of the enjoyment,” she says. “It was all bad, all of it.”

There’s also a pretty bizarre anecdote about Lou Reed, who, Lana claims, was supposed to appear on the Ultraviolence track “Brooklyn Baby,” but as soon as the two were about to begin work together … he died.

[Reed] had wanted to work with Del Rey and so she’d flown over to New York to meet him. “I took the red eye, touched down at 7am … and two minutes later he died,” she says.

It’s not a lot of fun to read this stuff. Here’s hoping she doing better today than she was when she talked to the Guardian. Check out the full story — which doesn’t end with the quotes above — here.

UPDATE: Check out this New York Times interview for additional morbid thoughts. “I love the idea that it’ll all be over,” she tells Jon Pareles. “It’s just a relief, really. I’m scared to die, but I want to die.”

UPDATE 2: Lana’s responded via Tweet to the Guardian profile:

[Photo by Neil Krug.]

Comments (53)
  1. lou… reed?

  2. ah, the life of the put upon mostly famous singer who suddenly hates her fame and, most likely, fortune. pouring one out for her as we speak.

  3. also did anyone else think this was the name of a new song?

  4. Well, here’s to hoping her a better outlook on life. I think we often forget that fame and fortune have little to do with happiness and life satisfaction.

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    • Let’s hope she avoids reading her album reviews this time around. That might help a little.

      This morning I came across NY Daily News article on Ultraviolence and it’s anything but pretty.

    • Before it gets down voted into oblivion (or, go ahead), this wasn’t a diss on Lana or her detractors. Just acknowledging that she’s speaking about shit a lot of people go through myself included. It’s a lil over the top for her to be saying this to an interviewer (she trying out for SadBoys?) but when I read this I kinda felt an indictment on me and all of us for hating on her so hard.

  6. Louna Del Rey was almost a thing.


  7. I highly admire her honesty.

  8. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for her or just forthrightly dismiss it as a publicity stunt.

  9. Depression sucks, guys. Even for celebrities, like Stereogum commenters.

  10. Whats this, a LDR fest on the gum???

  11. i have always disliked lana del rey but reading this really did make me a little bit sad. :’(

  12. Publicity stunt? Read the interviews, listen to Ultraviolence and you’ll see that is not. I would like to see the comments when she’ll die, there would be some who will say that is just another chapter of her “manufactured career”. God have mercy on us

  13. Its too bad stupidity sells so well today. It got me. Im commenting on this stupid shit. She should get a tour going together with Morrissey.

  14. Can people just imagine how bad it would be if you had to face every single day people who thinks you’re a joke? I feel bad for her because I know I would feel as depressed as her dealing with what she had to – some of the attacks were not really about her music, it’s all too personal.

  15. I’d love to produce a Lana Del Ray album. Her voice is pretty versatile. And, she has a long life ahead of her. I hope she gets a chance to settle down a bit and enjoy life. The music “industry” isn’t really music. Music is more and a great thing.

  16. Unless it is clearly not meant to be taken literally people should never EVER say this sort of thing. It is highly disturbing and manipulative to the people that care about you.

  17. I’ve always felt bad that she received the backlash she did – people saying her whole career was a lie because she “was once a songwriter named Lizzie Grant now she’s this Lana Del Rey thing,” as if the idea of trying and failing then trying again, or the idea of reinventing yourself or simply the idea of having a persona were brand new to the world of music. I don’t get why she got that shit thrown at her.
    Her first album was bullshit (I liked Video Games and Blue Jeans), but this one seems to have some promise. And I’ll give it to her that as far as pop singers go, she’s far more enigmatic than the usual…

  18. take the money and run

  19. I believe that she’s not happy and hope the attention from this article gets her some help. Granted, I tend to take what people say at face value when it has no impact on my life because being constantly snarky and suspicious seems obnoxious and pointless.

  20. I think this is just to further emphasize her melancholic image. I haven’t figured out if she’s serious or not, and honestly I don’t care. I like her music and it produces that melancholic sound. So if it’s an act, well so was Bowie to a large extent, and many others.

    • I think you nailed it. Melodramatic public statements. Polarizing interviews. One of those singers whose voice you kind of have to “get.”

      I think LDR is the female Morrissey.

  21. I call bullshit on the whole “landed on the tarmac and Lou Reed died” thing. Read Xgau’s obituary of Lou; it said that people were already being notified his liver was failing the Friday before he died. What a melodramatic attention whore.

    • Cry Harder Lana fans. I have absolutely no sympathy for this more-than-likely publicity stunt. What better way to promote your album with “dark and edgy” themes than to wallow insincerely to the Press about how sad you are. I just feel sorry for anyone who takes her seriously.

  22. I think a lot of people on here are being insensitive to the fact that she might actually be depressed..No matter how great life actually might be for her, all the fame, the money, and the support, depressed people tend to see things from a pessimistic point of view. It really psychs out your mind. If you ever listen to Lana’s music, or even see that look in her eye, she’s a sad, sensitive, and sometimes insecure girl…so, you should be a little more sensitive….

  23. Stereogum quarters: We haven’t had a LDR story this week, let’s make something up so people have something to blog about…

  24. If that’s what it takes to keep from having to listen to more horrible music….

  25. of all the archetypes stolen for the sake of popularity, this ranks as the all-time worst

  26. Sincere question coming up:

    Why is Lana Del Rey so commonly associated with internet trolls?
    Like, why do I seem to see a ton of troll accounts rooted in Lana’s fanbase?

    I feel like whenever I see a troll reply on YouTube, Twitter, etc. (especially Twitter), it seems to lead back to a username that goes something like “LANADELREYFAN666″ or “LANAISQUEEN69″. I mean, whether they are truly obsessive fans who enjoy bashing celebrities, or are playing up on some sort of fanatic, ironic infatuation for her (which by the way is depressingly “meta” in this whole situation) I honestly don’t understand. Just had to throw that out there. Kinda disturbing if you ask me, and also one of the reasons I’ve just avoided this whole Lana debacle for years.

  27. She’s an awful human being. People only defend her because she’s a somewhat attractive girl

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