Pop star Lana Del Rey responded to questions surrounding her personal political leanings in an interview with the New York Times and said that she is “really not more of a liberal than I am a Republican.”
The “Summertime Sadness” star dropped her fifth album Norman Fucking Rockwell! Friday and spoke to the New York Times about one of her more controversial lyrics in “The Greatest” — “Kanye West is blond and gone” – in the interview published Wednesday.
The Times mentioned the singer’s past decision to call out West’s support of President Trump and asked, “Have you heard anything in response?”
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“I don’t want to elicit a response,” Del Rey said.
“You never feel better for having written something like that. But Kanye just means so much to us. And by the way, I’m grateful to be in a country where everyone can have their own political views,” she said before admitting that she does “not necessarily identify as a liberal.”
“I’m really not more of a liberal than I am a Republican — I’m in the middle,” the singer explained. “But it was more like the mood and the vibe around, Yo, this man is the greatest! Really? The greatest? It hurt me. Did I have to say anything? No. But it’s more just a line that represents a lot of things.”
Del Rey made waves earlier this month after dropping partial lyrics of her song “Looking for America” as a response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
“Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion — but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video,” she wrote to her nearly 14 million followers on Instagram.
The lyrics read in part, “I’m still looking for my own version of America/ One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly/ No bombs in the sky/ Only fireworks when you and I collide/ It’s just a dream I had in mind.”
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Hi folks came back early from Montecito with my brother this morning and asked Jack Antonoff to come into town because I had a song on my mind that I wanted to write. Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion- but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video that our engineer Laura took 20 minutes ago. I hope you like it. I’m singing love to the choruses I recorded this morning. I’m going to call it ‘Looking for America ‘ @jackantonoff @sharp_stick
The Grammy nominee actively wondered if it “is it the end of an era? Is it the end of America?” in her 2017 album Lust for Life.