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Some people love Lana Del Rey, others just love to hate her. (We fall into that first category.) But despite how you feel about LDR, there’s no denying that she’s young and beautiful, not just in looks but in depth. Her latest cover for Complex magazine is proof enough.

After sky-rocketing into success with Born to Die, the singer formally known as Lizzy Grant recently returned with the follow-up Ultraviolence, and it’s just as somber and sad, but we’re OK with that.

Something Lana hasn’t been OK with, though, is the constant criticism she’s received for being a fake or a phony, but in her interview, she’s as real as it gets.

This little “Lolita” is also “fucked up” by her own admission. Keep on reading from excerpts from her interview to find out why.

On her controversial album title: 

I feel connected to two emotions—aggression and softness. I like that luxe sound of the word “ultra” and the mean sound of the word “violence” together. I like that two worlds can live in one.

On her type of relationship: 

I like a physical love. I like a hands-on love. [Pauses.] How can I say this without getting into too much trouble? I like a tangible, passionate love. For me, if it isn’t physical, I’m not interested. Everything I do feels so organized: touring, playing a show night after night with a couple months in between to make a record, and being in charge of all of it—mixing, mastering. Sometimes I meet people with a lot of fire and energy. Mentally, maybe we’re not that similar. Telepathically, we’re not on that same wavelength. If there’s a physicality and a chemistry, that ends up winning for me every time because it’s the opposite of what I have every day.

On her guilty pleasures:

Well, smoking is one of them. Sugar, coffee. I must have 13 cups a day. It’s a shame about the health consequences because a lot of great things happen over coffee and a cigarette. A lot of great songs were written.

Behind the meaning of her song, “Fucked My Way Up to the Top:”

It’s commentary, like, “I know what you think of me,” and I’m alluding to that. You know, I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry, but none of them helped me get my record deals. Which is annoying.

On her three-year long relationship:

Probably the relationship I’ve been in for the last three years. Definitely demolished that through tons of depression and insecurity. Now it’s just an untenable relationship, impossible because of my emotional instability….Sometimes people do their best writing when fucked up. And I am a little fucked up. This whole experience has fucked me up.

On how she stopped caring about critics:

The good thing about catching so much grief from critics is that you literally do not fucking care. It put me in a mind frame where I expect things not to go right, because they generally don’t. But it’s not a pessimistic place. The music is always good, in my opinion. That’s what I expect now from my career, that the music is going to be great and the reaction’s going to be fucked up.

Why her music shouldn’t be labeled as pop:

If they thought it was supposed to be categorized as pop music, that was the first mistake. It wasn’t made to be popular. It was more of a psychological music endeavor. I wasn’t out to make fun, verse-chorus-verse-chorus songs. I was unraveling my history through music. People were confused as to why I would stand on stage and just sing and not perform. To me, performing is just channeling and emoting through inflection, cadence, phrasing. That’s pretty different from what’s popular, so I think maybe they thought it shouldn’t be popular.

Read the rest of her interview over at Complex before the issue hits stands later this month.

SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO CREDIT: Complex

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