Frances Bean Cobain, Kurt Cobain's Daughter, Slams Lana Del Rey's "I Wish I Was Dead" Comments
Frances Bean Cobain knows all too well the tragedy of rock stars dying young, and she doesn't appreciate Lana Del Rey's recent comments about wanting to be among them. Del Rey made headlines recently when the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper published an interview with her in which she was quoted as saying, "I wish I was dead already"—and now Kurt Cobain's daughter is hitting back and speaking out.
On Sunday, June 22, Frances Bean took to Twitter to chastise the "Born to Die" singer for seeming to glorify the idea of death. "@LanaDelRey the death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," she wrote. "I'll never know my father because he died young & it becomes a desirable feat because ppl like u think it's 'cool.'"
"Well, it's f---ing not," she added in another tweet. "Embrace life, because u only get one life. The ppl u mentioned wasted that life. Don't be 1 of those ppl...ur too talented to waste it away."
Del Rey's apparent death wish came in a conversation about the heroes she and her boyfriend share, namely Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Cobain, both of whom died before their time. Her interviewer, Tim Jonze, pointed out the common link and then asked if Del Rey sees early death as glamorous, to which she reportedly replied, "I don't know. Ummm, yeah."
Frances Bean took issue with those comments, but she maintains that she has no specific issue with Del Rey. Called out by a follower who told the 21-year-old to leave the "Young and Beautiful" singer alone, Courtney Love's daughter wrote, "I'm not attacking anyone. I have no animosity towards Lana, I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."
Del Rey has not yet responded to Frances Bean's tweets, but she has tried to distance herself from the original Guardian interview. On Wednesday, June 18, in a series of tweets that have since been deleted (but were screen-capped by multiple outlets), the 28-year-old chanteuse implied that she was led to talk about death.
"I regret trusting the guardian - I didn't want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent," she tweeted. "Alexis [Petridis, the Guardian music reviewer] was masked as a fan...but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles."
(Though not Del Rey's interviewer, Petridis published a review of Del Rey's new album on the same day Jonze published his article; the singer seemed to take issue with the latter.)
"Maybe he's actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about. His leading questions about death and persona were calculated," she added.