Lana Del Rey responds to backlash over Trump and Capitol riots comments

Lana Del Rey has clarified her controversial comments about Donald Trump and the Capitol riots, insisting she does not support the violent events of last week.

The Young and Beautiful singer spoke to Anne Mac on BBC Radio 1 this week in promotion of her new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club. 

However, the discussion turned to politics and Lana, 35, was asked for her thoughts on Trump’s presidency and the riots which saw the president’s supporters storm the Capitol building leaving five people dead last Wednesday. 

‘The madness of Trump, as bad as it was, it really needed to happen. We really needed a reflection of our world’s greatest problem, which is not climate change, but sociopathy and narcissism,’ Lana told DJ Annie.

‘[Trump] doesn’t know that he’s inciting a riot,’ Lana added as she believes he has ‘delusions of grandeur’. 

Later in the day, the Grammy-winning singer shared a video explaining her comments further after sparking backlash for appearing to sympathise with the rioters. 

‘I was describing w the bbc [sic] was that Trump is so significantly impaired that he may not know what he was doing due to his significant lack of empathy and the wider ranging problem is the issue of sociopathy and narcissism in America,’ Lana tweeted alongside the video. 

She continued: ‘I’ll say it again I don’t appreciate the larger magazines taking my well-intentioned and believe it or not liberal comments out of context. It’s actually what I sing about quite often. It’s what I’ve been condemned for saying. You can listen to the entire interview.’ 

In the four-minute video, Lana said: ‘I really don’t appreciate being painted as some white Republican who’s always been given everything and supports the incite of the Capitol riot. I grew up struggling, working my a** off. 

‘I personally don’t get it. I just think sometimes because of the way I look, it’s easy to paint this picture, but man, did I struggle to become the genuine singer-songwriter I am.’ 

The musician added: ‘People do not last a long time in my workplace…it’s fun to tear people down, but it really discourages them from moving onto their next project.

‘This is my story, I’m telling it… I’m the wrong person to come for when it comes to not being inclusive or liberal. Not that I ever focused on either one. I always just focused on the music, but if people want to make it political, I’m down.’ 

Lana has been drawn into political controversy in the past and was forced to clap back at a follower who assumed she had voted for Trump in the presidential election. 

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