Lana Del Rey hits out at claims she is 'glamorising abuse'

Julia Hunt
Lana Del Rey performs on stage at Rogers Arena in Vancouver last year. (Getty Images)

Lana Del Rey confirmed she is releasing a new album as she penned a long Instagram post hitting out at those who have called her “hysterical” and accused her of “glamorising abuse”.

The US singer, 34, suggested that other stars have been able to sing about whatever they want while she has faced criticism.

Making it clear she’d had enough of double standards, Del Rey said there should be “a place in feminism for women who look and act like me”.

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She wrote: “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f*****g, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever i want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorising abuse???????

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“I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorise abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world.”

The Video Games singer said that with all of the topics “women are finally allowed to explore”, it was “pathetic” that over the last decade her “minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years”.

Del Rey – who was born Elizabeth Grant – went on: “Let this be clear, I’m not not a feminist – but there has to be a place in feminism for women who look and act like me – the kind of woman who says no but men hear yes – the kind of women who are slated mercilessly for being their authentic, delicate selves, the kind of women who get their own stories and voices taken away from them by stronger women or by men who hate women.

Lana Del Rey at the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2020, in Beverly Hills (Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

“I’ve been honest and optimistic about the challenging relationships I’ve had.

“News flash! That’s just how it is for many women.

“And that was sadly my experience up until the point that those records were made.”

The Summertime Sadness singer went on: “So I just want to say it’s been a long 10 years of bulls*** reviews up until recently and I’ve learned a lot from them, but also I feel it really paved the way for other women to stop ‘putting on a happy face’ and to just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted in their music – unlike my experience where if I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was literally the 1920s.”

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Del Rey then shared details of her upcoming projects, including a new album set to be unveiled in September.

Lana Del Rey performs at 2016 Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco (Invision/AP)

She said: “Anyways none of this has anything to do about much but I’ll be detailing some of my feelings in my next two books of poetry (mostly the second one) with Simon and Schuster.

“Yes I’m still making personal reparations with the proceeds of the book to my choice of Native American foundations which I’m very happy about.

“And I’m sure there will be tinges of what I’ve been pondering in my new album that comes out September 5th.”

The star’s last album, Norman F****** Rockwell!, was released last year and went to number one in the UK.