Lana Del Rey Slammed By Guardian For Not Understanding How Interviews Work — Writer Posts “I Wish I Was Dead” Audio

Truth rating: 10
(Getty Images)

By Michael Lewittes



(Getty Images)

Lana Del Rey blasted “sinister” The Guardian writer Tim Jonze for recently quoting her as saying, “I wish I was dead already.”

Now, Jonze is firing back at the singer.


It all started on Thursday when Del Rey first posted, and then deleted, a series of tweets about the original Guardian story, in which she discussed her death wish with Jonze.

She was upset about how she came across in the piece.

“His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles,” tweeted Del Rey. “Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about.

She noted, “I regret trusting the Guardian — I didn’t want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis (sic) was masked as a fan.”

The “Alexis” Del Rey referenced is The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis — who did not interview her for the story in question.

Jonze responded to the singer’s accusations with another article for The Guardian on Friday, in which he wrote the following:

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. 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.

I was not “masked” as a fan, I genuinely like her music and really liked her too – her life story is fascinating, she was refreshingly open when answering even the most difficult question and she seemed completely in love with music. As for the rather vague “sinister ambitions” she claims I had – well, my colleagues sadly refused to comment on how sinister I am, but they were all adamant that I’m “not in the slightest bit ambitious”. Thanks, guys.

It’s not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive – it’s a dark question, but it’s not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she’d been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was.

Ultimately, the problem with Lana’s complaint is that she doesn’t seem to know what she’s actually complaining about. She’s not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they’ve been “twisted” or that we’ve printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that’s just me doing my job.

There’s also audio of Del Rey telling Jonze, “I wish I was dead already.”

Check out the audio of Del Rey’s interview with Jonze and the series of tweets below, and tell us what you think.

Enter your email address here to receive daily news updates from us.


  1. Gossip Cop
  2. Mediaite
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. The Mary Sue