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Lana Del Rey Recants "I Wish I Was Dead Already" Comment; Journalist Posts Interview Audio

Image courtesy of Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Kohn Gallery (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Kohn Gallery (via ABC News Radio)

Lana Del Rey  has recanted her "I wish I was dead already" comment last week to the U.K.'s  Guardian   newspaper, after  Frances Bean Cobain  called her out on it. After the comment made headlines last week, Cobain -- daughter of  Courtney Love  and the late  Kurt Cobain  -- took to Twitter and chastised Del Rey for "romanticiz[ing] and [making]...the death of young musicians...a desirable feat," pointing out that she would "never know my father because he died young...& people like u think it's 'cool'."

Kurt Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994, when Frances Bean was 20 months old.

Del Rey has now distanced herself from the comments, suggesting that the reporter is to blame. "I regret trusting the  The Guardian ," she tells   Rolling Stone . "I didn't want to do an interview, but the journalist was persistent [and] was masked as a fan, but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he's actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about."

Those comments have themselves drawn a response from the reporter who conducted the interview.  Tim Jonze  has not only written a  rebuttal in the  Guardian  -- he's also posted what's apparently the raw audio recording of the interview portion during which Del Rey makes the comments. Says Jonze, "She may well have not wanted to do the interview but it certainly didn't seem like it -- she was delightful company for the 70 minutes we spent talking, and was happy to continue over the allotted time when the PR knocked on the door, an hour in, and asked how we were getting on." 

Jonez goes on that De Rey "can hardly complain about the subject matter: she'd been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album  Born to Die  and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was."  He sums up his feelings by writing, "she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."