After surprising fans with a new unplanned single this morning, Lana Del Rey hits us with another! She is on the latest cover of Flaunt Magazine, featuring a gorgeous old 70s styled photo shoot photographed by David LaChapelle and styled by Brett Alan Nelson.
LaChapelle commented on his experience photographing Lana:
“Lana’s a down-to-earth person. I like her writing. I saw her show at the Hollywood Bowl, and really liked the music, and that inspired the concept and ideas for the photos. Lana was interested in the artistic angle, not a promotional angle, which I really liked. Much more interested in creating art than promoting something.”
Here is a snippet from the interview with Matthew Bedard for Flaunt.
“The record has fewer dimensions,” she remarks. “But they’re more beautiful than in the past. I had no idea that would make it easier to talk about.” Has this ease with discussing the content perhaps coincided with a sort of softening, or openness toward her in the arenas of public or journalistic reception? “I feel that,” she says thoughtfully. “And it’s helped me be more open as well. Because it’s hard to talk about your innermost feelings if you feel the reception will be cold. And I hung back for a while. I did a handful of interviews, but not many in the last few years. But also I was writing and writing, and digging through stuff, and not writing things as easy to digest or discuss. It still comes from me, but as I’ve evened out as a person, I don’t have as much I don’t want to say. I feel comfortable.”
Click here to read the interview in full.
‘Happiness is the ultimate life goal. I think it’s the only thing that’s important.’
Lana Del Rey is on the cover of Elle UK‘s June issue, which will be on newsstands from May 16. She talks about her persona, happiness, love and her music. See a preview of the interview below.
On Who Lana Really Is
She tells us her famed chanteuse persona has become less of a prop for her now. ‘I know that if I had more of a persona [before], I have less of one now. And I think it comes down to getting a little older. Maybe I needed a stronger look or something to lean on then. But I feel like it wouldn’t be hard for me today to play a mega show in jeans without rehearsing and still feel like I was coming from the right place.’
Talking about feeling more positive at this time in her life, she tells us, ‘All the tough things that I have been through – that I’ve drawn upon [in my work] – don’t exist for me anymore. Not all my romantic relationships were bad, but some of them challenged me in a way that I didn’t want to be challenged and I am happy I don’t have to do that now.’
One of the lessons she has learnt is avoiding the types of men she’s been drawn to in the past.
‘For me, the dream is to have a little bit of edge, the sexiness, the magnetism, the camaraderie, be on the same page and all that stuff, but without the fallout that comes from a person who is really selfish and puts only their needs first, which is like a lot of frontmen if we’re talking about musicians!’
‘I’m going to write a book one day called, “The curse of the frontman and why you should always date a bassist.”‘
On Her Music
Lana also talks about the influences on her new album, including American politics, ‘I think it would be weird to be making a record during the past 18 months and not comment on how [the political landscape] was making me or the people I know feel, which is not good. It would be really difficult if my views didn’t line up with what a lot of what people are saying.’
She also stresses the importance of being happy and why society needs to change. “I think happiness is the ultimate life goal. I think it’s the only thing that’s important. There are no mechanisms in place for routes to happiness, that’s the whole f**king problem.
‘I think people are unhappy in school – the education structure has been the same for a long time and kids are still not satisfied with their educational experience. And you don’t have enough conversations when you’re young about what makes for a satisfying, mutual relationship. Those collective life experiences – your youth, your academic education and your education about business, marriage or relationship goals – they all lead up to your collective happiness. I think the emphasis is on the wrong things and it has been for a long time.”
Since Coachella, Lana Del Rey has been rumoured to be dating rapper G-Eazy (real name, Gerald Earl Gillum). Whether they’re dating or just friends, the pair have been spotted out at various nightclubs in the past week. They were at Warwick on May 6 with Stella Fabinho and out again at The Avenue on May 9.
Candids > 2017 > Leaving Warwick nightclub with Stella Fabinho and G-Eazy in Los Angeles, California, USA (May 06)
x— 8 pictures were added —x
Candids > 2017 > Leaving The Avenue nightclub with G-Eazy in Los Angeles, California, USA (May 09)
x— 2 pictures were added —x
Lana Del Rey was recently in New York City to attend the Gucci Bloom fragrance launch. However, she soon arrived back in Los Angeles a few days later as she was spotted leaving LAX Airport.
Candids > 2017 > Leaving LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California, USA (May 04)
x— 37 pictures were added —x
On May 2nd, Lana Del Rey attended the launch party of the new Gucci Bloom fragrance, which was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Lana was present on Instagram sharing stories and photos from the event, including a cute photo of her in bed after the party.
Public Appearances > 2017 > Gucci Bloom Fragrance Launch at MoMA in New York City (May 02)
x— 27 pictures were added —x