Frances Bean Cobain to Lana Del Rey: Don't Romanticize the Death of Young Musicians

Frances Bean Cobain Responds to Lana Del Rey Comments
Frances Bean Cobain and Lana Del Rey
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updated 06/24/2014 at 11:35 AM EDT

originally published 06/24/2014 10:45AM

Indie chanteuse Lana Del Rey has been giving increasingly controversial interviews leading up to the release of her second album, Ultraviolence.

For starters, she declared feminism "not an interesting concept [for me]" in an interview with The Fader.

But it was recent comments she made to The Guardian that have the singer's name trending across the Internet; she told the U.K. paper, "I wish I was dead already," a statement that earned a response from one person who knows a little too much about musicians dying young: Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean. (The Guardian notes that Del Rey's statement was made during a discussion of Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain.)

"The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," Cobain Tweeted. "I'll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool,' " she continued, before adding, "Well, it's f–––––– not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don't be one of those people. You're too talented to waste it away."



After a less-than-civil reaction from Del Rey fans on Twitter, Cobain, 21, clarified her statement. "I'm not attacking anyone," she said. "I have no animosity towards Lana. I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."

Del Rey, 28, who has covered Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" in concert, expressed regret at the interview, claiming in a series of now-deleted Tweets that "the journalist [Tim Jonze] was persistent" and asked "leading questions about death and persona."

Jonze, for his part, said Del Rey was "delightful company."

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