Even for a woman who has opened up about her early battles with alcoholism and penned such despondent ballads as “F–ked My Way Up to the Top” and “Money Power Glory,” Lana Del Rey still managed to alarm people with a comment she made in an interview with The Guardian last week: “I wish I was dead already.”
In his article — published on June 12 — interviewer Tim Jonze said that comment came in the middle of a discussion about two of Lana’s idols, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, which led him to ask the Ultraviolence singer if she sees a certain “glamour” in dying young. (Both Winehouse and Cobain died at the age of 27.)
After Jonze reportedly told her “don’t say that,” Lana insisted “I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”
But according to Lana, it was all a “calculated” move to get a good story.
“i regret trusting the guardian- i didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent. 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,” Lana wrote on Twitter on Thursday (June 19). “His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
She has since deleted the tweets.
While Tim Jonze was the writer behind that article, Guardian critic Alexis Petridis published a review of Lana’s just-released Ultraviolence on the same day — one that, while primarily positive, ended with a bit of a thud: “the problem with Ultraviolence remains the same: Lana Del Rey keeps repeating herself.”