In a new interview which was published in The Guardian today to coincide with the release of her new album, Ultraviolence, pop performer Lana Del Rey tells music writer Tim Jonze, "I wish I was dead already."
She dropped the comment during a conversation about two of her idols, Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain, both musical icons who died young, as Jonze pointed out.
"I do [mean it]!" Del Rey said, when the reporter suggested that she didn't mean what she said about dying. "I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."
Beautiful, young celebrities don't typically broadcast this kind of information in international newspapers, but it's not exactly surprising to hear it from Del Rey, whose public persona and artistic output have long hinged on a devastating sense of melancholy. The 27-year-old has spoken openly about her history of alcoholism and depression; her demeanor is like a rebuttal to the cheery, upbeat persona other pop stars project.
Real talk: Depression is a serious condition that affects an estimated 40 million adults in the United States alone. We wish Del Rey all the best.
[Lana Del Rey: 'I wish I was dead already' — The Guardian]