Lana Del Rey is currently promoting her new album, Ultraviolence.
She recently caused a storm in a teacup by claiming she “didn’t care about feminism” in a series of quotes in which she sounded negative and apathetic. She has given another series of interviews as Maleficent is released (she sings its theme song Once Upon a Dream) in which she somewhat clarifies the feminism comment and talks about being over her own career and life in general and thinking death would be easier than living until old age.
She says of having the luxury of not caring about feminism, “If my choice is to, I don’t know, be with a lot of men, or if I enjoy a really physical relationship, I don’t think that’s necessarily being anti-feminist.”
The 27-year-old continues, “For me the argument of feminism never really should have come into the picture. Because I don’t know too much about the history of feminism, and so I’m not really a relevant person to bring into the conversation. Everything I was writing was so autobiographical, it could really only be a personal analysis.”
So, it’s less that she doesn’t care than she seems to find it asinine other uninformed pop stars are brought into the debate with watered down ideas of what feminism really is.
She tells the New York Times, her music videos have often been “exploring ways to die.” She adds, “I love the idea that it’ll all be over. It’s just a relief, really. I’m scared to die, but I want to die.”
She tells the Guardian, “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 … Family members will come on the road with me and say: ‘Wow, your life is just like a movie!’ And I’m like: ‘Yeah, a really f**ked-up movie.’”
The singer never enjoyed her fame, “I never felt any of the enjoyment. It was all bad, all of it.” Nor fandom, “No. I don’t know what I think. All I know is that, right now, I like sitting here, on this terrace.”
UPDATE 6/20/2014: Lana called the veracity of the quotes and integrity of the Guardian into question on Twitter.
— Alfredo Tirado (@alftirado) June 19, 2014
As such, the newspaper released audio of the interview question to SoundCloud.