Lana Del Rey: ‘I’m not a controversial person’

Singer also says she 'never says anything just to rhyme over sugary pop songs'

Lana Del Rey has said she has been surprised by the furore that has surrounded her rise to prominence as she does not believe she is “a controversial or polarising person”.

Speaking on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, Del Rey said that none of the vicious internet rumours about her were true and she saw no reason why she had become such a magnet for controversy.

Asked about the amount of online negativity she has attracted, she said: “I’m not naturally a polarising or controversial person. What I sing about is pretty normal, pretty balanced. What people have to say about me, the really amazing things and the really terrible things, none of them are true.”

Del Rey added that she had “written every word on her album” and that she was aware that the internet was “creating their own person for themselves to play with”.

She said of this: “The internet right now is creating their own person for themselves to play with, but I’ve been an artist for a long time and I’ve been a writer since I was 7. I can’t do much else. I wrote every word on my album. There’s only one line I didn’t write in ‘Diet Mountain Dew’ and one in ‘Lolita’.”

Del Rey also said that she had vowed to “never compromise with anything that I do in my life” and that se would never say anything “just to rhyme over sugary pop songs”.

Asked about why she believed she had achieved such a strong connection with people through her music, she replied: “I never compromise with anything that I do in my life, not lyrically, not in reality. I think the people who sort of feel like they know me, know me from my lyrics, and I think that they feel what I write about is what really went down and how I really feel about it. I never say anything just to rhyme over sugary pop songs. I really care about documenting my life in a musical fashion.”

Lana Del Rey’s debut album ‘Born To Die’ has sold over 900,000 copies worldwide since its release. Last month (February 16), the singer’s record label boss revealed that she already has “three albums’-worth of songs” in the bag for a potential follow-up.