Lana Del Rey Keeps It Real About Sleeping Her Way to the Top

Lana Del ReySay what you will about singer Lana Del Rey's unusually candid interview style, she definitely isn't sticking to a PR-approved script these days. Just weeks after she made headlines for announcing "I wish I was dead already" when talking to The Guardian (and subsequently triggering Frances Bean Cobain's ire for "romanticizing" the death of young musicians), Del Rey told Complex magazine there's an element of truth to her song "F---ed My Way Up to the Top."

Not that she did sleep her way to the top, mind you. But it wasn't particularly for a lack of trying, as Del Rey admits she's hooked up with plenty of guys in the industry -- yet the dalliances never actually helped her be successful.


In the Complex article, the interviewer flat-out asked Del Rey to clarify her song “Fucked My Way Up to the Top.” Here's how she responded:

It’s commentary, like, “I know what you think of me,” and I’m alluding to that. You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.

Ha. At least she's honest, right?

Speaking of industry hookups, it's been rumored that she had a romance with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced her new record, Ultraviolence. Del Rey hasn't confirmed it, although here's how she responded when asked, "What’s the relationship between violence and love?"

I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love. [Pauses.] How can I say this without getting into too much trouble? I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isn’t physical, I’m not interested. Everything I do feels so organized: touring, playing a show night after night with a couple months in between to make a record, and being in charge of all of it—mixing, mastering. Sometimes I meet people with a lot of fire and energy. Mentally, maybe we’re not that similar. Telepathically, we’re not on that same wavelength. If there’s a physicality and a chemistry, that ends up winning for me every time because it’s the opposite of what I have every day.

"Who’s the last person you met who made you feel like that?" asked the interviewer. Del Rey's answer:

Dan Auerbach, for better or for worse.

Del Rey delved a bit into her own struggles with depression and insecurity ("the world was heavy for a couple years"), and shared the inspiration behind her cover of Nina Simone’s “The Other Woman”:

I relate to being the person who people come to for “such a change from the old routine,” but not being the main thing. I had a long-term relationship for seven years with someone who was the head of a label and I felt like I was that change of routine. I was always waiting to become the person who his kids came home to, and it never happened. Obviously I had to seek other relationships, and I felt like that became a pattern. I was younger—24, 25 at the time.

(So her relationship with this mysterious married label head started when she was, what, 17 or 18? Gross.)

Finally, Del Rey bemoans the fact that her career hasn't gone as planned, despite her platinum records:

I still don't find that community of people I was looking for, like the way Bob Dylan found his friends, or the respect of being a writer.

I honestly don't know if Lana Del Rey is just a messed-up young girl who's too caught up in her own drama to enjoy her success, or if this is all an elaborate marketing ploy to develop a tragic persona for people to be intrigued by. Either way, I'm not a huge fan -- but I'll give her this: she's definitely no cookie-cutter pop star.

What do you think of Del Rey's latest interview? Do you admire her, or are you weary of her provocative statements?

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