American singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey has revealed that she finds it hard to cope with criticism of her work and that it often makes her want to turn back to the bottle.
The “Young and Beautiful” singer admitted last year that, as a teen, she battled with alcohol issues. Recently she confided to Canada’s Fashion Magazine that she is “in a similar boat” to troubled star Lindsay Lohan and that the pressure associated with making music sometimes doesn’t assist in her ongoing battle.
She states that “If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist. I feel like my work’s important, but I don’t always feel like I get respect for it… when I feel like people don’t like this music and that the 10 years I spent making what I made was not for a good reason, that makes me want to drink again.”
When asked what would help in regard to her critics, she describes it quite simply as just being nicer. “All that stuff about whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is so not true. Do you know what makes you stronger? When people treat you and your art with dignity.” Though she doesn’t believe in the so-called “school of hard knocks”, she does admit she’s had them, but that it is the respect from her peers that is “incredible and necessary”.
Del Rey is currently working on the follow-up to her hit debut album, Born To Die and also has a track “Young and Beautiful” on the soundtrack for this year’s much-anticipated film The Great Gatsby. You can see the music video for this track below.