Frances Bean Cobain to Lana Del Rey: Stop Romanticising Dad Kurt Cobain’s Suicide

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By Anne Lu | June 24, 2014 11:25 AM EST

Lana Del Rey’s “I wish I were dead” comment has angered Frances Bean Cobain, whose father Kurt Cobain committed suicide when she was just one year old. Frances, 21, lectured the “Ultraviolence” singer to stop romanticising suicide.

Del Rey caught flak after telling The Guardian in an interview that she wished she were dead. She was talking about her idols, including Kurt Cobain, who, as the interviewer noted, died young.

“I do!” the 28-year-old singer told journalist Tim Jonze of her death wish. “I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am… Everything. That’s just how I feel. If it wasn’t that way, then I wouldn’t say it.”

Frances thought that Del Rey’s remark was disturbing, telling her that “the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticise.”

— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) June 23, 2014

Del Rey’s fans quickly defended their idol, telling Courtney Love’s daughter to back off.

Del Rey then appeared to have backtracked on what she said in the interview, claiming she likes the Nirvana singer because of his talent and not because of his tragedy.

In a series of now-deleted posts, Del Rey blamed The Guardian for quoting her as saying “I wish I was dead already” in her interview. She claimed that “Alexis was masked as a fan,” and that “His leading questions about death and persona were calculated… but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles.”

She was presumably referring to Alexis Petridis, who reviewed her “Ultraviolence” album. However, the interview was led by Tim Jonze, who fired back at the “Video Games” singer.

“Besides the fact that Lana doesn’t remember who actually interviewed her, there are a number of things about her statement that sound a bit iffy to me,” the journalist wrote.

“Ultimately, the problem with Lana’s complaint is that she doesn’t seem to know what she’s actually complaining about. She’s not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they’ve been ‘twisted’ or that we’ve printed them out of context.

“Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that’s just me doing my job.”

Jonze also included an audio of the interview to prove that Lana imparted her death wish without provocation.

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