Lana Del Rey’s ‘I Wish I Was Dead’ Controversy: The Guardian Responds

The battle rages on.

The latest media vs. musician battle is currently erupting between Lana Del Rey and The Guardian, as the publication has responded to Del Rey’s response to an article they penned about her last week. That all makes sense, I promise.

On June 12, The Guardian ran an article in which the singer was quoted as saying, among other things, “I wish I was dead already” and “I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am… 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 …”

The quotes came in the midst of a conversation about Lana’s idols, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, after interviewer Tim Jonze asked if she sees a certain “glamour” in dying young.

After myriad publications picked up the quotes — including this one — Del Rey took to Twitter Wednesday night to vent, her ire directed toward The Guardian.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, she wrote: “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 … His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”

Jonze was the actual author of the piece. Alexis Petridis published a review of Lana’s just-released Ultraviolence on the same day.

Jonze wrote a brief piece on The Guardian on Friday (June 20) defending his story and reporting. “Besides the fact Lana doesn’t remember who actually interviewed her, there are a number of things about her statement that sound a bit iffy to me,” he wrote.

He went on to say that Del Rey seemed perfectly happy to chat for more than the allotted time and that he was not pretending to be a fan — he genuinely enjoys her music.

“It’s not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive –- it’s a dark question, but it’s not a leading one,” he added. “She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she’d been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was.”

“Ultimately, the problem with Lana’s complaint is that she doesn’t seem to know what she’s actually complaining about,” he concluded. “She’s not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they’ve been ’twisted’ or that we’ve printed them out of context.”

He then posted a Soundcloud recording of the section of the interview in which he asks Lana about her love of dead icons.

When Jonze asks Del Rey, “Is there a fantasy of dying young yourself that you could subscribe to?” and she answers, “I wish I was dead already,” she does so with a laugh.

Who do you think is in the right in the case of Lana vs. The Guardian?

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