Lana Del Rey is sailing through the promotional tour for her new album Lust for Life and though the sultry star rarely courts controvesy, she has admitted that she tried to put a spell on Donald Trump.
Because, ‘Why not?’
The 32-year-old pop star – who has duetted with Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks on her latest record – admitted she has been “jolted into the real world” by the US president and the current political landscape in America.
‘I kind of got jolted into the real world again. Just being in California, it’s such a liberal state, I was bombarded with the news every day. So my studio became like a think tank – during the elections it was a constant conversation with my producer and engineers and assistant engineers.
‘And then obviously during Coachella, that news broke about North Korea and pointing missiles at each other. That was a bit of a rude awakening,’ she told BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw.
Back in February, Del Rey grabbed headlines when it was reported that she joined in with a large group in the witchcraft community to perform a ‘mass spell to bind Trump.’
Speaking to NME on Friday, the ‘Video Games’ singer was asked whether the story was true and said: ‘Yeah, I did it. Why not? Look, I do a lot of s**t.’
She didn’t give much detail about her incantation, but Michael Hughes, a member of the group who led the project, previously told Page Six, ‘It’s not like people using a voodoo doll or doing a spell to cause harm. It’s meant to bind Trump and the people abetting him, the people in his circle. It’s like tying someone up. The spell isn’t like punching a Nazi. It’s more like taking his bullhorn away, tying him up and smashing his phone so he can’t tweet. It’s more of a self-defense spell than anything.’
Meanwhile, after a sold-out performance at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Monday night – where she was supported by Irish singer Dermot Kennedy – Lana will head to Norway for Øya festival on August 8 and is also set to perform in Liverpool and Glasgow on August 22 and 23.