Being gloomy is Lana Del Rey‘s thing. Her first song was ‘Born to Die,’ her video clips are dark, and she’s even sad in the summertime.
Glamorous agony is this girl’s jam.
So when the 28-year-old pop singer (whose real name is Lizzie Grant) says things like “I wish I was already dead” in interviews, it fits with her sad-glam image.
But are we really OK with one of the most successful pop stars on the planet wilfully marketing suicide as romantic?
Because that’s what she’s doing — trading on the idea that dying at her age would be beautiful, like it would preserve her fame forever.
When she was asked recently about legendary musicians who died too young, specifically at age 27 — like Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain — Lana said she wished she was dead. She later denied telling The Guardian that, but journalist Tim Jonze has the recording.
Kurt Cobain’s only daughter is not OK with it. Not OK at all.
Frances Bean Cobain, who is now 21, has just publicly asked Lana to stop romanticising death and suicide – in particular, her father’s.
The only child of Cobain and Courtney Love, Frances was 18 months old when her world-famous father took his own life. It’s one of the most high profile suicides in pop culture memory, a death that shook the rock industry, Hollywood, and Nirvana’s many ardent fans.
So, where someone like me might take offence to Lana’s comments in an abstract way, Frances Bean Cobain knows exactly what she’s talking about. Her string of pleading tweets to Lana are poignant because this woman knows how permanently devastating suicide is.