Award-winning singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey has confirmed that her latest album will be released September 5 and has hit back at critics who, she claims, have “crucified” her.
The 34-year-old “Born to Die” singer released a lengthy statement on Instagram Thursday, addressing criticism her music has received, including accusations that she is “glamorizing abuse.”
Del Rey, whose real name is Elizabeth Grant, is well-known for her themes of tragic romance in songs such as “Ultraviolence” and “Summertime Sadness.”
She hit back at the double standards in the music industry, saying artists such as Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Beyoncé “had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes” and “cheating.”
She continued: “I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorize abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent emotionally abusive relationships all over the world.”
She did not name any specific critics in her post.