Lana Del Rey Explains Her Onstage Meltdown, Reveals Devastating Mystery Illness
Lana Del Rey's sadness is not limited to the summertime. The "West Coast" singer, 27—who sang for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the eve of their wedding at Palace of Versailles—recently opened up to The Fader magazine for an extended cover interview, and confessed some of her troubles.
Del Rey spoke to the publication about a headline-making May 2013 concert she put on in Dublin, where she was seen breaking down onstage. Footage from the gig shows the singer crying and turning away from the audience as she tries to compose herself.
When the band breaks into her 2011 debut hit single "Video Games," Del Rey tells the crowd that they will need to sing it for her. The fans obliged, belting the tune as Del Rey simultaneously laughed and cried.
"I’d been sick on tour for about two years with this medical anomaly that doctors couldn’t figure out," Del Rey explained. "That’s a big part of my life: I just feel really sick a lot of the time and can’t figure out why."
"I’d gotten these shots in Russia, where we’d just been," she continued to The Fader. "It was just heavy. It’s just heavy performing for people who really care about you, and you don’t really care that much about yourself sometimes. I thought it was sad. I thought my position was sad. I thought it was sad to be in Ireland singing for people who really cared when I wasn’t sure if I did."
The "Young and Beautiful" crooner has spoken about her personal struggles in the past, admitting to Canada's Fashion magazine in May 2013 that when people are harshly critical of her music, it makes her want to turn to alcohol.
"When I feel like people don't like [my] music and that the 10 years I spent making what I made was not for a good reason, that makes me want to drink again," she said.
"I'm never the star of my own show," she spilled to The Fader. "I have a very complicated family life. I have a complicated personal life. It’s not just my life, it’s everyone else’s in this extended family unit. It’s always about someone else, even with the people I work with. I’m the quietest person on the set, generally. I'm actually the one that’s trying to keep it all together. It's pretty weird. It's a weird, weird world."