Lana Del Rey has caused some controversy in the press this week, both for her revelations of teenage alcoholism and her naked photo shoot in GQ magazine. According to NME, the "Video Games" singer revealed that she was sent to boarding school at the age of 14 to help her kick a drinking habit:
"I was a big drinker at the time. I would drink every day. I would drink alone. I thought the whole concept was so fucking cool. A great deal of what I wrote on 'Born To Die' is about these wilderness years.
"My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, 'I'm f--ked. I am totally f--ked'."
"Like, at first it's fine and you think you have a dark side it's exciting and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It's also a completely different way of living when you know that... A different species of person. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me."
Del Rey, who was voted GQ's woman of the year, has drawn criticism for appearing naked on the magazine's cover. Lana is pictured alongside Tinie Tempah, Robbie Williams and actor James Corden, all of whom are fully clothed. The singer has also been criticized for the photographs that accompany the feature, one of which features a man with is hands around her neck.
Lana's second album, "Born To Die", was released on January 31st of this year, reaching number 1 in eleven countries. The singer has also modeled for H & M and Jaguar and told the Australian version of Vogue that she wants to be a "film writer" earlier this month.