Lana Del Rey’s love for death

The quirky singer is loved for being unashamedly outspoken, but her latest statements have us a little worried.

News Desk June 16, 2014
The quirky singer is loved for being unashamedly outspoken, but her latest statements have us a little worried.

Singer Lana Del Rey is known for her dark songs and we can always count on her for being outlandish and bizarre. Despite having a reputation of being unashamedly outspoken, her latest statements have us a tad worried. Recently, Del Rey spoke to The Guardian and opened up about her favourites, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. When it was pointed out that the common link between the two were their premature deaths, Del Rey responded: “I wish I was dead already.”

Interviewer Tim Jonze tried to convince the 27-year-old that she probably doesn’t actually want to die any time soon, but she elaborated on the topic of death and mortality, confirming her conviction in the death wish: “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 …”

In another interview with the New York Times, the singer discussed the same topic of death and dying. “I love the idea that it’ll all be over,” she told the interviewer Jon Pareles when asked about her videos’ explorations of death. “It’s just a relief, really. I’m scared to die, but I want to die,” reported Fox News.

These assertions make a little sense when we recall the interview she gave to Fader in which she said she was suffering a “medical anomaly that doctors couldn’t figure out”. “I just feel really sick a lot of the time and can’t figure out why,” said Del Rey, reported Huffington Post.

Another reason why this death wish is alarming is because Del Rey has a lot of young fans who watch her every move and idolise her. It would be devastating if any of them listened to this interview, interpreted it the wrong way and acted on wishing they were dead.

Recently, Del Rey, who performed at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding was seen wondering why she hasn’t achieved the same level of success as her contemporaries Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga. “Well, maybe those people are true provocateurs,” she said “but I’m really not and have never been.” The singer’s second album, Ultraviolence, is due out today. Slow down, Lana. We know you’ve got a new album to hustle, but romanticising your own death is not the way to do it. Ultraviolence features tracks with titles like Cruel World and Sad Girl.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 17th, 2014.

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