Lana Del Rey just released her title track from her forthcoming album of the same name due out June 17th. She is also Fader magazine’s new cover girl, and gives an exclusive interview to the magazine’s Senior Editor Duncan Cooper about her views on female empowerment and almost being on the verge of suicide by critics. Check out a couple of choice quotes, and listen to “Ultraviolence” below. Also, read the full Fader piece here.
“For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept,” she says. “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.” Fortunately, her ambivalence about the political implications of her work doesn’t undo any subversiveness that may be embedded (though, nor does it excuse any ill it may cause). When pressed, she adds, more illuminatingly, “My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.”
On dealing with critics:
In the period since her great authenticity reckoning, one thing has become clear: accusations of constructedness would not crush her. She says they came close, though. Shortly after the release of “Video Games,” she started dating another musician, Barrie-James O’Neill. According to a profile of her in Nylon, he first phoned her out of the blue after his manager sent him the video with the caption “Your future ex-wife.” I ask what he was like during the period of her most pronounced attacks. “He was worried,” she says. “I was, you know, a mess. I totally wanted to kill myself every day.”