Lana Del Rey: Feminism Is Boring, Space Travel Is Cool

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates


Lana Del Rey finds feminism boring. “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept,” she tells Fader. Del Rey explains, “I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested.”

“My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants,” says the singer. Some of her personal past has been extremely painful. Last year, Del Rey gave a teary, strikingly emotional performance in Dublin. “I’d been sick on tour for about two years with this medical anomaly that doctors couldn’t figure out,” she now explains. “That’s a big part of my life: I just feel really sick a lot of the time and can’t figure out why. I’d gotten these shots in Russia, where we’d just been.”

Del Rey continues, “It was just heavy. It’s just heavy performing for people who really care about you, and you don’t really care that much about yourself sometimes. I thought it was sad. I thought my position was sad. I thought it was sad to be in Ireland singing for people who really cared when I wasn’t sure if I did.”

She’s experienced other tribulations, too. When Del Rey first burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, she was crushed by critics who questioned her music and her authenticity. It got bad. “I was, you know, a mess,” she tells the magazine. “I totally wanted to kill myself every day.”

There’s quite a bit of darkness to Del Rey’s songs. Del Rey is asked about the recurring theme of being choked in her videos. She declares, “I like a little hardcore love.” In some ways, though, her music and the accompanying visuals are not even about her. Del Rey explains, “My career isn’t about me. My career is a reflection of journalism, current-day journalism. My public persona and career has nothing to do with my internal process or my personal life. It is actually just a reflection on writers’ creative processes and where they’re at in 2014. Literally has nothing to do with me. Most of anything you’ve ever read is not true.”

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