The singer confirmed the cameo today (January 25) with the video expected to arrive soon. In addition to Father John Misty, real name Josh Tillman, the ‘Freak’ video will also feature some of the cast from her ‘Music To Watch Boys To’ video.
Father John Misty toured with Del Rey in 2014, supporting her on a number of US tour dates. She is on record as being a big fan of his work too, telling The Current in November last year: “I’m his number one fan. His songs really bring me back to why I started writing in the first place. None of the fancy stuff, it’s just the story in each one of his songs. I feel like he has all of his insecurities and all of his hopes flow so seamlessly throughout each song. And his voice is amazing. I’ve seen him live a few times. We went on tour together for a minute.”
‘Freak’ is the latest single from Del Rey’s 2015 album ‘Honeymoon’. However, the past few months have seen her make news for a series of incidents involving obsessive fans and their attempts to get close to her.
Earlier this month (January) a man was sentenced to nearly three months in prison after breaking into her home in 2015. Zachary Self faces 84 days in jail after pleading no contest to stalking. Self was discovered by construction workers in Del Rey’s Malibu home in November 2015.
He fled the property but was tracked down by police after he left a court citation for a separate burglary behind.
That burglary took place in Kansas and when police looked Self up using the name on the citation, they discovered pictures he had posted on social media of himself on the balcony at the pop star’s home.
Self’s prison sentence is the latest in a list of troubling encounters Del Rey has had to endure with fans in recent months. Last week she obtained a restraining order against two Russian fans she claims had threatened her and screamed at her in public.
Del Rey moved house to avoid the fans but that her new home was soon discovered and the women “resumed sleeping outside her house and screaming her name in the middle of the night.” She subsequently hired a full-time bodyguard for protection.
Meanwhile, in December last year a man was arrested after allegedly stealing two of her cars.