Lana Del Rey elaborates on album art controversy: “I got lots of issues but inclusivity ain’t one of them”

The singer reiterated comments about a perceived lack of diversity on the ‘Chemtrails over the Country Club’ art

Lana Del Rey has additional elaborated on the artwork to the new album ‘Chemtrails over the Country Membership’ after the singer appeared to preemptively respond to criticism about the diversity of the folks included on its front cover.

The singer revealed the artwork and tracklist for her much-anticipated seventh studio album, out March 19, late on Sunday night (January 10). The black-and-white cowl features Del Rey and several of her friends seated around a table.

In a comment Del Rey posted on Instagram, she wrote, “As it occurs when it comes to my wonderful buddies and this cowl sure there are folks of color on the image of this record and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

“We are all a beautiful mix of everything- some greater than others which are seen and celebrated in everything I do. In 11 years working I’ve always been extremely inclusive without even trying to,” she added.

“My dearest friends have been from all over the place, so earlier than you make comments once more a couple of WOC/POC issue, I’m not the one storming the capital, I’m actually altering the world by placing my life and ideas and love out there on the desk 24 seven. Respect it.”

In a brand new interview with BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac to promote the album’s newly-released title track, the singer reiterated a lot of what she had stated on Instagram with regards to the album art but denied that she had been acting preemptively.

“Before I even put the album cowl up, I knew what folks had been going to say. So when they really began saying issues, I responded and I simply stated, ‘I bought quite a lot of points however inclusivity ain’t one of them.’ It simply isn’t. You can’t simply make it my drawback,” Del Rey stated.

“My friends, my family, my whatever… They’re not all a method and we’re not the ones storming the Capitol. We voted for Biden. My girlfriends come from all over the world, they’ve children from all various kinds of folks. And I’m mentioning all this, like, to people who are listening, because folks really wanted even more folks of color on my album cover. Which you know is, to a point, a photo just is what it is.”

“I wasn’t being preemptive, I was definitely responding, however… I simply feel like if that’s actually what people are gonna say, I have an answer for them, which is that if you look closer, you will see folks of color. It’s a black-and-white picture, so zoom in, you know. It’s just bizarre, you know?”

Del Rey echoed her original comments that the women on the album’s cover are some of her longest buddies, and stated she felt somewhat uncomfortable having them brought into the controversy.

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