Before Lana Del Rey’s album Ultraviolence (finally) hit stores to her adoring fans, the songstress did an interview with The Guardian in which she said admitted she found the early deaths of Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse glamorous and said the disturbing quote, “I wish I was dead already.” For some, it didn’t exactly come off as a surprise that she would say something as dark as that because her last album was titled Born to Die, even though the truth is, we are born to die.
A week or so since that interview had been published, the “West Coast” singer has backtracked saying that it was taken out of context by the interviewer. Taking to her Twitter she calls out the writer by saying, “I regret trusting the guardian.”
She then followed it up by writing, “I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent.”
Then, she went after the writer, Alexis Petridis saying that “[He was] masked as a fan but was hiding a sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about,” she continued on her worded rampage.
“His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
But it turns out, that Petridis was not the author of the piece; rather, it as The Guardian’s music editor, Tim Jonze. Jonze went on to publish a lengthy piece about her words and even went to say that Del Rey was “delightful company” and defended his own words.
If you’re not convinced, Jonze went on to release the two-minute clip of the so-called “death” chat, but the transcript can be read below. Sadly, the audio has been taken down. We can only assume who was behind that.
Tim Jonze: This is quite a dark question to ask, but is there a fancy of dying young yourself you could subscribe to?
Lana Del Rey: Yeah, you know, I wish I was dead already.
TJ: Don’t say that.
LDR: But I do.
TJ: You don’t!
LDR: I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.