Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Not To Romanticize Dying Young

By Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014

During a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey said a bunch of provocative things, the most widely quoted of which was this: “I wish I was dead already.” Now, there’s no reason to take her at face value there; anytime Del Rey says anything like that, she’s essentially doing character work. Still, she’s a massive pop star now, and you could certainly argue that pop stars have a responsibility to avoid glamorizing absolute and total self-destruction. And anyway, the last time I can remember an artist of LDR’s fame-level saying anything like that, it was when Kurt Cobain sang this; he was dead shortly afterward. And over the weekend, Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt’s daughter, took Lana Del Rey to task in a series of tweets. Here’s what she wrote:

I’ll never know my father because he died young. It becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it’s ‘cool.’ Well, it’s fucking not. 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.

(via Faster Louder)

Cobain has since deleted the tweets, writing this instead: “I’m not attacking anyone. I have no animosity towards Lana, I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience.”

UPDATE: Lana Del Rey has responded to Cobain’s tweets: