In a recent interview singer, Lana Del Rey spoke of the most influential artists to her were Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. When asked if she felt dying young was somehow glamorous she stated she wasn’t sure but wished she was dead already. In a series of tweets, Frances Bean Cobain daughter of Kurt Cobain schooled Lana on the errors of romanticizing the death of a rock star.
Lana Del Rey has been the victim of much criticism since she released her first major single Video Games in June, 2011. The release of the single was not her first attempt in the music industry though. The sultry Marilyn Monroe persona that is Lana Del Rey use to be more of a Katy Perry platinum blonde type with a bubbly personality. Del Rey had signed with an independent label, 5 Point Records as Lizzy Grant. Her album Kill Kill was released on iTunes but after two months all signs of Lizzy Grant were wiped from the internet. She soon reappeared with a new name, a new look and a new sound. Del Rey was criticized for being fabricated by a major label and not as a truly authentic artist. There were questions on whether she could even perform live. Her performance on SNL had critics outraged. Her album was unreleased, and many established artists had waited years to get on the high profile show. For this, Del Rey has been in constant turmoil from the public and media which she claims has left her depressed and wanting to leave the music industry, and apparently ending her life.
Frances Bean Cobain’s father Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the grunge band Nirvana, died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds while high on heroin in 1994. Frances Bean, now 21 was a baby when her father died and never knew him. She reacted to Lana Del Rey’s confession by tweeting directly to her that she shouldn’t romanticize the death of young musicians. She also tweeted, “I’ll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it’s ‘cool.’ Well, it is not. Embrace life, you only get one. The people you mentioned wasted their lives. Don’t be one of those people. You’re too talented to waste it away.”
Del Rey later addressed her comments in the interview and claimed the interviewer was asking probing questions and disguised himself as a fan. She claimed she was forced into an interview she did not want to do. Although Del Rey did not deny she wished she were dead, she did confirm these were her feelings and did not regret sharing them. Del Rey did respond to Frances Bean’s schooling of her errors on romanticizing death by tweeting, “He was asking me a lot about your dad, I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young.” She also responded, “The other half of what I said was not related to the people he mentioned. I don’t find that part of music glamorous either.”
By Christina Thompson