Lana Del Rey, Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Lana Del Rey does have quite the reputation for being the queen of not just "Summertime Sadness" but pretty much 24/7 misery.

And she admits to giving off that vibe—but the 28-year-old singer and latest Rolling Stone cover girl also acknowledges that things aren't so bad.

"Well, I feel f--king crazy," Del Rey, who's on the cover of the magazine posing in bed and cuddling a cat, perhaps in an ironic nod to the sunnier likes of major feline fan Taylor Swift.

""But I don't think I am," she added. "People make me feel crazy."

Del Rey also commented on the controversy that arose when The Guardian quoted her as saying "I wish I was dead already" and that became the big headline, after which she blamed "sinister journalists" for asking leading questions.

She apparently held fast to that explanation, but added, "I find that most people I meet figure I kind of want to kill myself anyway. So, it comes up every time."

But even though her lyrics tend toward the morose, albeit cleverly so, Del Rey isn't sending out an SOS via her music, either.

"I just don't want [listeners] to hear it at all," she said about those aching-heart lyrics. "I'm very selfish. I make everything for me, kind of. I mean, every little thing, down to the guitar and the drums. It's just for me... I don't want them to hear it and think about it. It's none of their business!"

Lana Del Rey


Asked about her now infamous Saturday Night Live performance in 2012, which may have been panned but actually took her to a whole new level in the fame department, Del Rey said, "It wasn't dynamic, but it was true to form."

"Everyone I knew suddenly wasn't so sure about me," she said. "They were like, 'Maybe I don't want to be associated with her—not a great reputation.'"

Presumably anyone who dared to distance themselves at the time have since come crawling back for more.

The new issue of Rolling Stone, featuring Del Rey and a kitty on the cover, is out on Friday.

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