Now Lana Del Rey lives between New York, London and Glasgow and has not consumed a single drop for several years. (She, of course, portrays a diva from the 1960s, but she decided the alcohol problem, as too outdated, according to the fashion of the 21st century.)
MC: You sing about disappointment all the time. Did you have a sad love story?
Lana Del Rey: Yes, in my life there was a person next to whom I would like to live my whole life. We were both innocent and happy. But his feelings soon began to fade. He sat at home in front of the computer, not paying attention to me. It became impossible to live together. It was difficult to accept. Before him, I struggled with loneliness for so long! And when it seemed that she had finally found someone who would take care of me, everything was over.
MC: What have you come up with to successfully compete against monsters like Lady Gaga? Have you created your own image?
L. D. Ray: Thank you for thinking so! (Laughs) I don’t think I’m doing anything on purpose. I don't wear crazy costumes. I admit, sometimes my sweaters look vintage - but that's because they fit the mood of my music perfectly. That's all. Perhaps my voice and lyrics are a bit of a provocation, but I just want everything to be beautiful. So that my music evokes pleasant memories.
MC: But the songs are pretty dark. All about the loss of innocence and unjustified expectations. Has a difficult life in New York knocked you off your optimistic path in life?
LD Ray: It all started before New York. When I was a teenager, I had many problems, I was a terribly unhappy creature. I behaved inappropriately, drank a sip to calm down, and drank heavily several times. In New York, I decided to start a new life, write songs. I was all alone in the city, and it stimulated me - in many ways. I met interesting (and even quite extraordinary!) People whom I began to imitate. This is how I learned to solve problems with the help of music.
Perhaps my voice and lyrics are a bit of a provocation, but I just want everything to be beautiful
MC: Why did you name one of your albums "Born to Die"?
LD Ray: The inspiration was the fear that I experienced in childhood, when I suddenly realized that my dad, mom and I, all of us in this world, will die sooner or later. This philosophical crisis still exists in my life.
MC: Your favorite topic is loneliness. Do you still feel worthless?
L. D. Ray: (Laughs) No, I feel satisfied. But I'm an introvert by nature. So I sing about what happens to girls who think they have found the only person for life, and then their dreams suddenly collapse. Being lonely, not feeling affection for anyone, is very difficult. I want to believe that you will meet happiness.
MC: Are you a shy person?
L. D. Rey: Introverted. I get very nervous when I have to be the first to speak to someone I don't know.
MC: Does it get in the way during concerts?
LD Rey: Sometimes it's even noticeable. But I'm learning to deal with it. I repeat to myself: "Relax, think only about the notes, and not about what and who is around you."
MC: What do you have besides notes?
LD Rey: I have many other interests. I love decorations. Valuable jewellery. In New York, I have a favorite jeweler who does amazing things. Perhaps this is not a very original hobby? But I do not care. I always say to myself: "Think about those who like you, everything else should not bother you." In my opinion, the main thing is to be a good person and live an interesting life. It may sound naive, but that's where I am.
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