Last week, fans put on their worry-faces when Lana Del Rey made a seemingly troubling admission to The Guardian during an interview about her brand-new album, Ultraviolence: "I wish I was dead already." Now, one rock star's daughter is taking Lana to task for the comments — more specifically, the context around them.
Lana had mentioned before the concerning pullquote that many of her heroes are members of the "27 Club," a term used to refer to cultural icons that die at age 27, including Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. When asked if she found death glamorous, the 28-year-old "Shades of Cool" singer responded, "I don't know. Umm, yeah."
Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt's now 21-year-old daughter, wasn't about to let the glamorization of early death slide. Calling out Lana in a series of tweets on Sunday night, she let the "Video Games" singer know that her father's death, and deaths like them, aren't glamorous at all.
"The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," she began. "I'll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people think it's 'cool'… Well, it's f—king not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don't be one of those people."
"You're too talented to waste it away," she finished.
After some immediate fan backlash on Twitter, Frances stood by her comments, clarifying that she wasn't attacking Lana. "I'm not attacking anyone. I have no animosity towards Lana, I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."
Lana, for the record, isn't the biggest fan of her Guardian interview, either. In her own series of now-deleted tweets, spotted and preserved by Billboard, she slammed interviewer Tim Jonze and another Guardian writer, Alexis Petridis. "I regret trusting The Guardian — I didn't want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent," Lana wrote. "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."
Ultraviolence hit U.S. stores on June 17, and is already poised to be a chart-topper.
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