Lana Del Rey: ‘It’s scary when people decide they don’t like you’

'Born To Die' songstress opens up about drawbacks of being a pop sensation

Lana Del Rey has revealed she found it “scary” when people decided they didn’t like her following her rise to superstardom last year.

According to Musicrooms, Del Rey – who became a sensation due to the popularity of her breakthrough single ‘Video Games’ – said she found it tough being judged for her personality rather than her musical ability.

“What’s scary is when you have your focus on being a writer for 10 years, and after that people decide they don’t like you,” said the singer. “That’s off-putting, because when you’ve put all your work into crafting words and melodies, and then people start just thinking about you and judging you as a person that’s a little off-putting. But the rest of it isn’t scary, it’s just sort of different.”

Del Rey, who played on the opening day of the Isle Of Wight festival yesterday, is set to release her new single ‘National Anthem’ on July 8. The track is the latest to be taken from her debut LP, ‘Born To Die’, which was released at the start of the year. The album has sold two million copies globally.

The songstress is due to play a host of UK festivals, including this weekend’s Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend and Latitude Festival.

Earlier this month Lana Del Rey played Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre and debuted a brand new song, ‘Body Electric’, at the show. Scroll down to watch fan-shot footage of the track.