In the interview, which was published last week, Del Rey opened up about her idols, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. When it was noted that the common link between the pair were their premature deaths, Del Rey responded: “I wish I was dead already.” The topic of death and mortality continued later on in the interview, with the singer confirming her conviction in the death wish: “I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it. I would be scared if I knew [death] was coming, but …”.
Now, in a series of tweets which have since been deleted, Del Rey has said that she regretted trusting The Guardian and the journalist, whose name she got wrong in the tweets. She reportedly wrote: “I regret trusting the Guardian. I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis [the interviewer was actually Tim Jonze] was masked as a fan but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about. His leading questions about death and persona were calculated.”
Jonze then took to The Guardian blog to address the singer’s complaints. “It’s not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive – it’s a dark question, but it’s not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no,” he wrote.
Del Rey released her second album ‘Ultraviolence’, earlier this week.