Del Rey sings a lot about getting high, so the question becomes: has anyone actually seen her smoke weed in public?
Lana del Rey is one of the more strange popstars. Unlike her contemporaries with broad appeal, like Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, Del Rey’s audience is more niche. Her music tends to be moody and her albums don’t have the required pop dance anthems. She’s polarizing in the sense that she has rabid fans and people who just don’t care at all what she’s doing. There’s not much of a middle ground.
But, does she smoke weed?
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The answer is an obvious yes. Del Rey sings a lot about getting high — she has a song called “High by the Beach” — so this column isn’t questioning whether she does it or not. We’re focusing more on whether anyone has actually seen it.
Unlike Ariana Grande or Miley Cyrus whose fanbases are made up of a lot of young girls (Miley’s fans should’ve aged up; Hannah Montana was years ago), Del Rey inhabits a space that allows her to be more open. She’s one of those singers whose music embodies a mood and a personality, someone who can sing about sex with nobody batting an eye. Seeing her smoke a joint at a show wouldn’t spark outrage, it’d be kind of fitting.
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Luckily, Del Rey kind of doesn’t care much about her image. There’s that time where she went to the Grammys in a dress she bought at the mall and there’s also this gem of a photo.
lana del rey getting high with fans backstage. that’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/phpfhRECGT
— ✩ (@gagasyuyi) October 15, 2018
To be fair, what they’re smoking might be a cigarette, but we choose to believe it’s a joint.