Father John Misty: ‘Lana Del Rey video inspired by taking acid at a Taylor Swift gig’

Musician was present at a '1989' tour date in Australia

Father John Misty has revealed that his appearance in the new Lana Del Rey video was inspired by the time he took acid at a Taylor Swift gig.

‘Freak’ is the latest single from Del Rey’s 2015 album ‘Honeymoon’. Its drug-fuelled video was revealed yesterday (February 10) and shows Del Rey and Misty share a passionate embrace, with the latter cast as some sort of cult leader. The clip then transitions into Claude Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’.

Both artists appeared at a screening of the video in Los Angeles on Tuesday night where Misty told Del Rey that he had real life experience of what took place in the video.


“I took acid at Taylor Swift,” he said. “I thought this was the best time to tell you.” Del Rey then said: “I forgot he did go to that show. In Australia? Good time to hallucinate?”

Father John Misty toured with Del Rey in 2014, supporting her on a number of US tour dates.

Del Rey has long expressed her admiration for the musician (real name J. Tillman). She told Radio.com in a 2013 interview: “I don’t listen to that much new music, but I actually really love Father John Misty, who kind of reminded me of my roots.”

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