After dropping the cover to the her highly anticipated 7th album Chemtrails Over The Country Club, Lana Del Rey reflexively took to Instagram to defend herself, in a somewhat meandering comment. And to make matters worse, it appeared unprompted, thought the singer insinuated that she'd received criticism over the cover's lack of diversity. “With everything going on this year! And no this was not intended-these are my best friends, since you are asking today. And damn! As it happens when it comes to my amazing friends and this cover, yes, there are people of colour on this record's picture and that’s all I’ll say about that” she wrote.
Del Rey was quick to point out that these women are her closest friends, named Velerie, Alex, Dakota Rain and Tatiana. “These are my friends this is my life,” she penned in a bid to get ahead of the criticism. “We are all a beautiful mix of everything—some more than others which is visible and celebrated in everything I do.” She wrote that she’s “always been extremely inclusive without even trying to.” She signed off in defiance that she's "literally changing the world by putting [her] life and thoughts and love out there on the table 24 seven. Respect it”. It follows criticism in summer, that Del Rey was glamorising abuse with lyrics such as “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Dicey.
Later, in her an interview with Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac Del Rey elaborated. “Before I even put the album cover up, I knew what people were going to say,” she explained. Why it was so important to address the alleged criticisms? “So when they actually started saying things, I responded and I just said, I got a lot of issues but inclusivity ain’t one of them. You just can’t make it my problem”. In the interview, she also weighed in on Donald Trump, suggesting that he wa was a necessary evil: "We really needed a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism".
Chemtrails Over The Country Club is out March 19. You can see the comment in full here.