Lana Del Rey: ‘I don’t need a persona to live through’

'Video Games' singer dismisses claims that she isn't authentic...

Lana Del Rey has dismissed claims that she is inauthentic by insisting that she doesn’t “need a persona to live through”.

Since becoming an internet sensation due to the popularity of her ‘Video Games’ single on YouTube, Del Rey has constantly had to contend with accusations about the radical image transformation she underwent between her current guise and the music she used to release under her real name, Lizzie Grant.

But speaking to Vanity Fair, Del Rey said the claims were way off the mark. She said:

I’ve been doing what I do for a long time. I’ve had a life. I don’t need to create a persona to live through.


She also went on to discuss why she had sought to become a songwriter, adding: “I wanted to be a writer, to be involved, but I didn’t know how. I was looking for answers.”

Earlier this month, Lana Del Rey revealed that the bizarre lyrics to her new track ‘Cola’ were inspired by her boyfriend, Kassidy frontman Barrie-James O’Neill. Speaking about the song, which features the lyric: “My pussy tastes like Pepsi Cola/ My eyes are wide like cherry pie”, she said: “I have a Scottish boyfriend, and that’s just what he says!”

The track is included on ‘Born To Die – The Paradise Edition’, which will be released on November 19 and also features her cover of ‘Blue Velvet’, as well as her recent single ‘Ride’ and the songs ‘Body Electric’, ‘Gods & Monsters’ and ‘Yayo’ . The first half of the record is credited to Rubin, Dan Heath, Justin Parker, Emile Hayne and Rick Nowels, and the second to Lana Del Rey.

Lana Del Rey initially recorded her cover of ‘Blue Velvet’ for a commercial for clothing company H&M. The ‘Video Games’ songstress became the new face of the fashion brand’s ‘LA noir’ collection in July of this year and appears in a television advertisement singing the song, which has become heavily associated with cult filmmaker David Lynch’s 1986 movie of the same name.

The tracklisting for ‘Born To Die – The Paradise Edition’ is listed as follows:

‘Gods & Monsters’
‘Body Electric’
‘Blue Velvet’
‘Bel Air’
‘Super Cannes’
‘Surf Noir’
‘Dope Cinema’