Lana Del Rey hires a tiger for new video 'Born To Die'
Much talked about singer will be joined by jungle cat for her latest single
The star, who became a YouTube sensation with the low-budget video for her track 'Video Games' and scored a Top Ten hit with the single last month, told The Sun that she had had to splash the cash to get the jungle cat in front of the camera.
Tigers don't come cheap. It's a controversial video. You'll have to wait to see it but I got a generous budget. I wasn't allowed to be alone with the tiger at any time, for obvious reasons. It was a special experience.
Yesterday, Del Rey admitted that she wished she hadn't been "so pouty" in the video for 'Video Games'. "Had I known so many people were going to watch the video, I'd have put some more effort into it," she said. "I would have got my hair and make-up done and tried not to be so pouty, seeing as everyone talks about my face all the time."
The singer had previously claimed that her detractors and sceptics wouldn't be picking on her if she were a man, and said that online comment she has received focusing on her looks had hurt her feelings.
Earlier this month, NME witnessed Lana Del Rey's first UK gig at Manchester's Ruby Lounge. To find out what we made of the show, visit NME.COM/blogs.