Dying young is something that is all too common in the music and entertainment world; sadly it is happening more frequently these days than not. While a lot of bands incorporate the theme of death and early departure into their music, there are few that actually elevate it as something to aspire to, something that seems glamorous.
Lana Del Rey is being portrayed as one such artist thanks to a recent interview with The Guardian UK, in which she stated "I wish I was dead already". The comment was made amid a discussion on her idols, who include Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse; both are members of the infamous '27 club'.
Cobain's daughter Frances Bean reached out to Del Rey via Twitter, telling the young starlet not to 'romanticize' dying young. She wrote:
"The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize...I'll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it's 'cool....Well, it's f****** not. Embrace life, because u only get one life. The ppl u mentioned wasted that life. Don't be 1 of those ppl. ur too talented to waste it away".
She also added that she does not have any ill feelings for Del Rey personally, but was just voicing an opinion from someone who's live has been touched deeply by tragedy and suicide. She was only one year old when her father killed himself in their Seattle home.
Del Rey did not respond to Frances' tweets directly but did lash out against The Guardian, saying "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. His leading questions about persona and death were calculated."
The article's author (who was really Tim Jonze and not Alexis Peditris as told by Del Rey) took the liberty of defending himself and his work by posting the audio in which you can clearly hear the conversation. Have a listen; what do you think?