Polarizing singer Lana Del Rey recently spoke to Rolling Stone about her take on how people should receive her lyrics and her mental stability, among other subjects.
The issue doesn’t hit stands until this Friday the 18th, but we’ve got an exclusive preview of the interview, which almost didn’t even go to print! At one point , Lana wanted to nix the whole ordeal, telling Rolling Stone senior write Brian Hiatt, “I’m not sure if they should run this story…I feel like maybe we should wait until there’s something good to talk about. You know? I just wish you could write about something else. There has to be someone else to be the cover story. Like, there has to be. Anybody.”
Before she reached that point, however, Del Rey had plenty to say in her interviews, so continue below for a preview.
On her state of mind “Well, I feel fucking crazy,” she says. “But I don’t think I am. People make me feel crazy.” She blames her much-publicized “I wish I were dead” quotes on leading questions, but adds, “I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway. So, it comes up every time.”
On how she wants people to hear lyrics like “he hurt me and it felt like true love”: “I just don’t want them to hear it at all,” she says. “I’m very selfish. I make everything for me, kind of. I mean, every little thing, down to the guitar and the drums. It’s just for me… I don’t want them to hear it and think about it. It’s none of their business!”
On her Saturday Night Live performance: “It wasn’t dynamic, but it was true to form,” she says, though former Interscope Records head Jimmy Iovine reveals that he worked with her afterwards on the use of in-ear monitors. In any case, Del Rey says music-biz friends pulled away from her post-SNL: “Everyone I knew suddenly wasn’t so sure about me,” she says. “They were like, ‘Maybe I don’t want to be associated with her – not a great reputation.'”
Also featured in the issue that hits shelves Friday July 18th: Simon Vozick-Levinson on Sam Smith, Nicholas Dawidoff on Richard Linklater, Roy Scranton on the broken lives Americans left behind in Baghdad, plus Jon Dolan on Tom Petty’s new album and interviews with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Lil Jon and more!
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