- 21 May 20
"If I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed hysterical."
Lana Del Rey has confirmed the release date for her seventh studio album, the follow-up to 2019's hugely successful 'Normal F**king Rockwell' in an Instagram statement this morning.
The 'Born To Die' singer criticised those who accused her of "glamorising abuse" in the post, stating her intention to return to singing about "whatever I want without being crucified".
"Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f***ing, cheating, etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, without anyone saying that I'm glamorising abuse?" the post reads.
"I’m fed up with female writers and alt singers saying that I glamorise abuse when in reality I’m just a glamorous person singing about the realities of what we are all now seeing are very prevalent abusive relationships all over the world."
The singer (real name Elizabeth Grant) went on to say that she has been honest about the challenging relationships she has had, writing "that's just how it is for many women".
"With all of the topics women are finally allowed to explore I just want to say over the last ten years I think it’s pathetic that my minor lyrical exploration detailing my sometimes submissive or passive roles in my relationships has often made people say I’ve set women back hundreds of years."
Adding that it's been "10 years of bulls*** reviews up until recently", she believes that she has paved the way for other women who don't want to "put on a happy face".
"If I even expressed a note of sadness in my first two records I was deemed literally hysterical as though it was the 1920s."
The singer will be detailing more of her feelings on the subject in her next two poetry books with Simon and Schuster, the proceeds of which will go towards Native American foundations.
Lana previously shared the artwork for her forthcoming book of poetry, called 'Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass', and offered lines from a poem called ‘Happy’ last month.
After announcing that her next album is scheduled for release on September 5th, 2020, the artist concluded her post by writing: "Happy quarantining."
Read the full Instagram statement below: