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#1 OFFLINE   FLL

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:03 AM

Translated by me!
 

Lana Del Rey lounges on the divan.

She hasn’t left her false eyelashes, but she has gotten rid of her sadness. After two years of absence, the diva of “sad pop” comes back with a “Rage de vivre” translation of “Lust for Life” her fifth album which comes out July 21st and “Love” her single, which has already passed 50 million views on YouTube. Same hypnotic voice, same poetic universe for a woman who now has a certain taste for happiness. Since her debut in 2012, on the internet, with Born to Die which made her one of the biggest stars in music, Lana tells us in mind-blowing songs and beautiful music videos of her fragile life as a young girl haunted by death and failure. Today, she says that she has overcome these demons and her toxic relationships. Single, maybe, but a little more light-hearted.

For her, it’s already history. At 17 years old, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant wrote her own songs and made her own music videos: “I took a lot of photos. Then I started to record myself, to use my image.” After seven hellish years of singing in Brooklyn bars, her music video “Video Games,” posted in 2011 and has since been viewed 155 million times, which thrusted in a few minutes, the young American into an unforeseen notoriety. She evolved into Lana Del Rey, Lolito 2.0, fan of the sixties who over the course of her songs tells a sometimes indecent and provocative story but always sensual. “I am connected to the future and the past at the same time… That’s why I have few friends…” Today, she sings “I’m young and in love”. But confides that she has found happiness… since she is no longer dating. “I’ve never been lucky in choosing boyfriends”.

She always loved putting on a show: “As a child, I loved making my life a work of art.”
“My passion for beautiful films might explain my aesthetic” says the woman who would have loved living in the Flower Power of the hippy years.

“Kids. Friends, all that’s a bonus. My dream is simply to be happy.”

 

From our colleague in Los Angeles Karelle Fitoussi.
Paris Match. We knew you as somber and melancholic, singing your stories about tormented love. You’ve come back with two songs that exude a lack of worry and a joie de vivre. What happened?
I haven’t been dating for a year and a half. Apparently, that has done me a lot of good. [She laughs] I learned how to say no and to listen to the little voice in my head that tells me to do one thing or another.
You have “Trust no one” tattooed on your index… Have you often been betrayed?
Yes. I’ve never been good at chosing friends. But now it’s better, I know how to go about it. I’ve learned one thing, and that’s that people show you really quickly who they really are. You have to listen to them, and pay attention to the signs. In the past, sometimes I’ve had lovers who’ve told me strange things, things I should have found unacceptable, but I closed my eyes. That doesn’t happen to me anymore. At the smallest indication of something strange, I get out. A love story that doesn’t do you any good is toxic. I finally understand that.
Are you not afraid that your newfound happiness will ruin your inspiration?
No. When I was writing Born to Die, I was living in London, and I met a lot of new people, I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I was full of hope. I saw myself evolving into this type of avant-garde artist and this excitement made creating simple and easy. When the critics starting being really harsh, when things started becoming more violent, that’s when that magic left me. So happiness is obviously a good thing. I’m not afraid.
The New York Times said that you were a “nightmarish reflection of cynicism and of American fakeness.”
An interesting start to someone’s career, isn’t it? [She laughs] It was horrible, completely horrible. I really must have loved music to have continued after that. But I should’ve stopped. Thankfully, things have changed. I won’t ever change myself to make myself more popular or to make someone else happy.
People have really have shamed you for your heavily constructed public image. Some people even said that you’re a puppet.
For a longtime, I didn’t understand these reactions. Of course, I paid attention to my look. I had long styled hair, but I was too preoccupied by the music to understand why they talked about me like that. I was waiting for people to figure out for themselves that I was smart… I really had to question myself, to ask why people reacted to me like that. A question of energy, maybe. With a bit of space, even if I find [what they’re saying] ridiculous, I can understand.
If, with a wave of a magic wand, you could start all over, what would you change?
Everything! I don’t even know where to start!
You wouldn’t be a singer?
I love music, there were times where it saved me from my own demons, but it’s a double-edged sword. If I had the opportunity to take a simpler path, I would do it, without hesitation.
When you were younger, you dreamed of being a writer…
Yes, but after having tried from a young age, I knew that I didn’t have the writer’s soul. I tried to write short stories, but they were terrible. So, I tried to do poetry… but it still wasn’t for me! That’s how I decided to write music. [She laughs]. The next step would have been Haikus!
Between two records and two tours, what do you do?
I go to the beach. I swim once per week, I work out with my sister who shares my house with me. I take advantage of the sun and the wonderful Californian nature: with my girlfriends, we go to Big Sur or to Carmel… I never get over seeing the bright light from 7:30 in the morning. For a New Yorker like me, every time it’s still enchanting. Yes, I am that girl you can constantly talk about the time and the weather! But above all what I love the most in Los Angeles, is that there are so many musicians. Every band from London to New York have moved here! Artic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets, Father John Misty… They’re all here in L.A.!
Have you finally found the community of artists you’ve always dreamed of being a part of?
Yes. And when I go on tour, after four months on the road, they’re like me. They want to pick up where we left off. My friends who don’t do music, they’re lives have moved on.
How do you deal with living in the constant view of the paparazzi?
I wrote a song called, 13 beaches which talks about how I do it, last summer, I had to go to 13 different beaches before I could find one without paparazzi, where I laid down with a book. But we can get used to anything. And then maybe it’s worth it. What I can’t get used to, is systematically finding my songs on the internet before they’re supposed to come out. It takes so much time to make a record… a year and a half! When leaving the studio, I always have to hope that they’re secure.
Why do you impose this cycle of every two years for an album?
It’s the time needed for reflection and contemplation. My records are like love letters to myself.
And will you have kids?
When I have kids… I’ll take them on the road with me. Muse’s or Chris Martin’s boys do it well! I have the feeling it’ll workout, whatever I decide to do. It’ll be a nice surprise. Yeah, I would love to have a family.
Is it on your agenda?
[She laughs]. It’ll happen one day. Without a doubt within the next five years. Kids. Friends, all that’s a bonus. My dream is simply to be happy. Which I am right now.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:10 AM

Love this interview! thank you for translating :)

 

"I wrote a song called, 13 beaches which talks about how I do it, last summer, I had to go to 13 different beaches before I could find one without paparazzi, where I laid down with a book."

 

High By The Beach pt.2

 

"“Lust for Life” her fifth album which comes out July 21st"

 

65 days......


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:19 AM

I'm really happy with this interview. Thank you for translating.
She mentioned some of my favorite artists including Artic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets, Father John Misty. You all should give them a listen especially The Last Shadow Puppets.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:19 AM

And will you have kids?

When I have kids… I’ll take them on the road with me. Muse’s or Chris Martin’s boys do it well! I have the feeling it’ll workout, whatever I decide to do. It’ll be a nice surprise. Yeah, I would love to have a family.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:28 AM

Thank you <3
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:30 AM

And will you have kids?
When I have kids… I’ll take them on the road with me. Muse’s or Chris Martin’s boys do it well! I have the feeling it’ll workout, whatever I decide to do. It’ll be a nice surprise. Yeah, I would love to have a family.Is it on your agenda?
[She laughs]. It’ll happen one day. Without a doubt within the next five years. Kids. Friends, all that’s a bonus. My dream is simply to be happy. Which I am right now.[/font][/size]


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:33 AM

 

Paris Match. We knew you as somber and melancholic, singing your stories about tormented love. You’ve come back with two songs that exude a lack of worry and a joie de vivre. What happened?
I haven’t been dating for a year and a half. Apparently, that has done me a lot of good. [She laughs] I learned how to say no and to listen to the little voice in my head that tells me to do one thing or another.

 

Sure Joanne


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:34 AM

Sure Joanne


I know it's Lana's life but I hope to god she doesn't have kids with that crotch goblin G-Sleazy.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:44 AM

July 21st.

LOL
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:47 AM

I know it's Lana's life but I hope to god she doesn't have kids with that crotch goblin G-Sleazy.


I really can't imagine Lana pregnant or having a baby cause I always feel like she's an angel and not a human...
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:49 AM

if lana had a baby it would be jesus


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:50 AM

What a great interview, but the 21st of July? What the hell Lana
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

itll be up for preorder may 26th ladiezzz   :oprah3:


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:54 AM

kinda weird to think that lana will have kids someday :/ idk why tho
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:55 AM

She'll birth Elvis x

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

um if we have to wait that long for the album she better release a fucking good video for lfl


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:59 AM

I love how happy she sounds! Even when talking about the critics now she seems to laugh it off, she's definitely in a much better place within herself. 

 

I love the quote "My records are like love letters to myself." what a lovely way to think about her albums!  :flutter:


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:00 PM

um if we have to wait that long for the album she better release a fucking good video for lfl


If Nabildo is in charge It definitely will be.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:03 PM

just adopt me mama.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:17 PM

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