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'Happiness is the ultimate life goal. I think it's the only thing that's important.' In a candid interview to mark the release of her stunning new album 'Lust for Life', Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey) opens up to @elleuk about coming through the difficulties in her life and career, to find a new sense of happiness. Follow the link in our bio and pick up #JuneELLE on May 16th for more.⠀ (Lana wears @gucci and @cartier. Photography by @thomaswhiteside, styling by @edmondalison, interview by @lottejeffs.)⠀ #ELLExLana #LanaDelRey #ELLEcovers
Lana Del Rey twirled onto the cover of Elle UK on Thursday, with a fresh new interview to accompany it. In the cover story, the singer seemingly waxes poetic about the meaning of life, saying, “Happiness is the ultimate life goal. I think it’s the only thing that’s important.” However, after Spin got a hold of the interview’s quotes, they chastised her for her vagueness (because of course happiness is important), running an article titled, “Here’s a Lana Del Rey Interview About Nothing.” But Lana wasn’t going to let that fly.
“Go f*ck yourself,” Del Rey wrote in a direct message to the music magazine, who then decided to turn that into another news story titled “But Lana, We Love You. The saga ends there.
There was more to the “happiness” quote in the first place. The original Elle UK article has her talking about how we should rethink our views on education and societal standards if they’re not making us happy. Here’s the full thing:
I think happiness is the ultimate life goal. I think it’s the only thing that’s important. There are no mechanisms in place for routes to happiness, that’s the whole f*cking problem. I think people are unhappy in school — the education structure has been the same for a long time and kids are still not satisfied with their educational experience. And you don’t have enough conversations when you’re young about what makes for a satisfying, mutual relationship. Those collective life experiences — your youth, your academic education and your education about business, marriage or relationship goals -– they all lead up to your collective happiness. I think the emphasis is on the wrong things and it has been for a long time.”
Del Rey is gearing up to release her Lust for Life album later this year. Although the LP doesn’t have a release date, you can listen to “Love” and “Lust for Life,” featuring The Weeknd. And don’t let anyone get in the way of your happiness.