Born to Live: Lana Del Rey Attacks 'I Wish I Was Dead' Interviewer

The singer says the publication used "leading questions about death and persona" to draw out the quote

Lana Del Rey
Neil Krug
June 20, 2014 12:50 PM ET

Last week, Lana Del Rey proved she was truly Born to Die in a morbid interview with The Guardian, telling the publication, "I wish I was dead already." But the singer retracted her death wish on Thursday night through a trio of now-deleted tweets, claiming the author of the story, Guardian editor Tim Jonze, used "leading questions about death and persona" to squeeze out the depressing headline. 

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"I regret trusting The Guardian," she wrote, while incorrectly citing the interviewer as critic Alexis Petridis (who reviewed her new album, Ultraviolence, for the same publication). "I didn't want to do an interview, but the journalist was persistent. Alexis 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."

But the story gets more complicated. Jonze has responded with a lengthy explanation of the interview, saying Del Rey had no complaints during the interview process and was pleasant during the entire affair. He also included an audio recording of their death-related exchange.

"Besides the fact Lana doesn't remember who actually interviewed her, there are a number of things about her statement that sound a bit iffy to me," Jonze writes. "She may well have not wanted to do the interview, but it certainly didn't seem like it – she was delightful company for the 70 minutes we spent talking, and was happy to continue over the allotted time when the PR knocked on the door, an hour in, and asked how we were getting on."

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