Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has defended Lana Del Rey after she was criticised for her performance on Saturday Night Live.
The ‘Born To Die’ singer appeared on the flagship US television series last weekend (January 14) to showcase two songs, ‘Video Games’ and ‘Blue Jeans’, but was publicly ridiculed by Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis for “pretending to sing and perform”.
However, according to the BBC, Radcliffe – who was presenting the show and introduced Del Rey’s performances – hit back at her critics and said:
It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly. I also think people are making it about things other than the performance.
The actor went on to add: “If you read what people are saying about her online, it’s all about her past and her family and stuff that’s nobody else’s business. I don’t think it [her performance] warranted anywhere near that reaction.”
Last week (January 13), Del Rey had insisted that her invitation to appear on Saturday Night Live wasn’t a “fluke decision”, even though normally only more established artists are asked to perform on the show.
“I got it because I’m a good musician,” she said. “And I may not have a record out now, but I have been singing for a very long time, and I think that [‘SNL’ creator] Lorne Michaels knows that, and everyone over there knows that.”
Lana Del Rey releases her debut album, ‘Born To Die’, on January 30. The single of the same name, meanwhile, is released a week beforehand on January 23.