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Considering that Lana Del Rey titled her debut album Born to Die, it didn’t seem farfetched to believe that she would tell an interviewer that she wished she was dead. But in a series of now-deleted tweets on Thursday night, the singer discredited her widely quoted interview with The Guardian.
Last week, she was quoted as telling The Guardian’s Tim Jonze that “I wish I was dead already” while talking about her dead music heroes. Jonze wrote that he then repeatedly told her that she didn’t really wish that, but she insisted.
"I do! I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am,” she said, referring to making music. “Everything. 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...” she trailed off.
However, Rolling Stone reports that Del Rey sent a series of tweets slamming the newspaper and taking shots at the journalist. In the tweets, she referred to Jonze as Alexis, probably mistaking him for the paper’s music reviewer, Alexis Petridis.
“I regret trusting The Guardian,” Del Rey wrote. “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. Maybe he's actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
Still, Jonze defended his work and his interview. He said that Del Rey may have not wanted to do the interview at the start, but she certainly got comfortable quickly, talking with him for 70 minutes. He also denied being a “masked” fan, although admitted that he likes her work.
“It's not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive – it's a dark question, but it's not a leading one,” Jonze wrote. “She has every opportunity to say no.” He also brought up the fact that her first album was called Born To Die, after all.
Jonze also posted audio from the itnerview:
Del Rey’s new album, Ultraviolence came out this month.
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