Lana Del Rey continues to make headlines with her outspokenness. She speaks out this time about sleeping with “a lot of guys in the industry,” while noting she likes “physical love.” It’s just one tidbit from a frank, no holds barred cover story interview in Complex magazine.
The 28-year-old singer-songwriter has been already drawn much attention in two other interviews in print, most especially ‘The Guardian’ in which she said she wished she were dead already. She subsequently made attempts to clarify what she said.
This time around, the quote appears to stand as is. She did, after all, release an album, ‘Ultraviolent,’ with an unprintable song title to that effect, ‘F–cked My Way Up to the Top.’
She told Complex, ““It’s commentary, like, ‘I know what you think of me,’ and I’m alluding to that. You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.”
She went on to be candid about sex in general, saying, ““I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love.” She added, “How can I say this without getting into too much trouble?…I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isn’t physical, I’m not interested.”
She also spoke about her breakup with former fiance Barrie-James O’Neill. She said of him, “Definitely demolished that through tons of depression and insecurity. Now it’s just an untenable relationship, impossible because of my emotional instability.”
As she has in other interviews — including the infamous interview with The Guardian — she spoke about fame and the difficulty she is having in coping with it. She was unsparing in her language saying that becoming famous “has f–ked me up.”
While some might see such complains as self-indulgent — so many do crave the fame and notoriety that Lana Del Rey has, after all — she elaborates on how she feels about her own fame. She said of it, “I don’t feel like things have gone well. It’s not the way I would have chosen them to go. So it’s not like I feel everything’s turned around and it’s great.”
She went on to add, “I still didn’t find that community of people I was looking for, like the way Bob Dylan found his friends, or the respect of being a writer.”
Alluding to the backlash she has received over the past few years, she said, “Because that gold and platinum stuff, it doesn’t mean as much if you’re walking down the street and you can hear people saying things about you. That doesn’t even out.”
The full interview with Complex magazine and the photos can be seen here. It’s a worthwhile read for those who are fans of Lana Del Rey and her unique vision which perhaps in this overly commercialized pop music industry has not been fully appreciated. After all, it’s not every artist who has had such ambitions to disrupt the industry as it mindlessly churns along looking for and living on the most accessible and consumable.