Context was less severe than the statement implies
Michael Baggs

15:06 20th June 2014

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The Guardian has posted an audio clip in which Lana Del Rey states she 'wished she was dead', after the singer took issue with an interview the newspaper ran.

Del Rey posted, and then deleted, a number of tweets hitting out at the newspaper running her quote as a headline. An audio clip, shared on the personal Soundcloud page of writer Tim Jonze has now been shared by The Guardian. Listen below.

What is clear is that Del Rey did indeed make the controversial statement, but perhaps without the severity that the quote may have suggested - and with a bit of a giggle afterwards. Del Rey made the comments while speaking about her inspiration and favourite artists, such as Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin, and made the statement when discussing her career - not her emotional wellbeing.

"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," writes Jonze in a response to Del Rey's Twitter criticism. "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."

Now let that be the end of it.

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