Lana Del Rey Explains 'I Wish I Was Dead' Quote to Frances Bean Cobain

"I don't find that part of music glam either," she writes

Lana Del Rey
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June 24, 2014 9:10 AM ET

Lana Del Rey has responded to a series of tweets that Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, wrote following Del Rey's recent "I wish I was dead already" statement. Cobain had admonished Del Rey that "the death of young musicians is nothing to romanticize," and, after a Del Rey fan asked Cobain to leave the Ultraviolence singer alone, Cobain clarified that she had "no animosity towards Lana." Now, Del Rey says it was never her intention to make light of early death.

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"It's all good," Del Rey tweeted at Cobain. "[The interviewer] was asking me a lot about your dad. I said I liked him because he was talented, not because he died young. The other half of what I said wasn't really related to the people he mentioned. I don't find that part of music glam either."

Del Rey had placed most of the blame for the quotation on the Guardian interviewer who published it. "I didn't want to do an interview, but the journalist was persistent," she wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "[He] was masked as a fan, but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles." The interviewer, Tim Jonze, however, has given a different account of their meeting. "She may well have not wanted to do the interview, but it certainly didn't seem like it," he wrote in a Guardian post. "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." He also posted audio of her making the statement in question.

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