Lana Del Rey Says She Regrets Trusting The Guardian Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.21.2014
After they published her comments about wishing she were dead...
The Guardian reports that Lana Del Rey has written several tweets, which are now deleted, in which she claims that she regrets trusting the website after her comments about wishing she were dead were published. At the time, she was asked about the premature deaths of Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
She said: "I wish I was dead already. I do! 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 …"
Del Rey then later wrote on Twitter: "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."
The writer, Tim Jonze, ended up receiving hateful comments and death threats from her fans so he wrote a response. Here are highlights:
On Del Rey's tweets: "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. She may well have not wanted to do the interview but it certainly didn't seem like it – she was delightful company for the 70 minutes we spent talking, and was happy to continue over the allotted time when the PR knocked on the door, an hour in, and asked how we were getting on. I was not "masked" as a fan, I genuinely like her music and really liked her too – her life story is fascinating, she was refreshingly open when answering even the most difficult question and she seemed completely in love with music. As for the rather vague "sinister ambitions" she claims I had – well, my colleagues sadly refused to comment on how sinister I am, but they were all adamant that I'm "not in the slightest bit ambitious". Thanks, guys."
On the topic of dying young: "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. 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."
On the complaint being confusing: "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. 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. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."