Melancholic singer Lana Del Rey claims she was not glamorising young deaths in the music industry in a controversial media interview.
Del Rey, who defended herself via Twitter, was quoted this week in The Guardian saying, “I wish I was dead already.” The 28-year-old Young and Beautiful singer had been discussing her heroes Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
When challenged by Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Nirvana front man, Del Ray said she had been asked “leading questions”.
But Cobain, 21, accused Del Rey of romanticising young deaths in the industry. “I’ll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it’s ‘cool’ [sic],” Cobain tweeted.
Many others took to Twitter to question why Del Rey would make such a comment. But her supporters blamed the media for a beat up.
Blake Stanbridge from the South Coast suburb of Bulli said that there was “a whole notion that is beautifully tragic, a whole heap of celebrity deaths have been romanticised and even sexualised in some ways.”
“I think it was unintentional but subconsciously demonstrates an interest in this strange beauty,” he said.
Colin Dunn, 19, also from Bulli, said, “Dying young has been seen as a glamorous way to die for quite a while and it’s been reinforced with the deaths of so many amazing artists… She was speaking her mind. I mean it’s one thing to ride your career out, but it’s another to die at your peak.”
Courtney Allen from Albion Park said, “Maybe she’s just sad – the questions that the journalist was asking were a bit misleading. I doubt he ever expected to get that kind of response.”
Bayley Clark, 18, of Fairymeadow, spoke of how he thought the comment was misread. “I don’t think [she was glamorsing death] but I do see how her comment could be seen that way… Historically, death can be very influential.”
The Ultraviolence singer has since deleted the tweets, denying her comments during the interview. She is yet to comment further. – Greta Levy
Top photo from Lana Del Rey’s Facebook page.