American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, renowned for her evocative and nostalgic music, has become the center of a storm on social media platforms. However, this time, the criticism has little to do with her music but centers on her appearance, as caught in recent paparazzi photos during a beach day in Rio De Janeiro.
In the Eye of the Storm
Photographed while enjoying a sunny beach day with friends, Del Rey soon found herself at the receiving end of unkind comments on Twitter, many originating from fans who were convinced that she is struggling with weight issues.
The harsh comments ranged from "Why did she allow herself to look like this?" and "It's time to straighten up. What's happening to her?" to "It's a shame. She used to be the most beautiful singer." Despite this, a proportion of Del Rey's fanbase quickly leapt to her defense, arguing that the singer should not be subjected to such unwarranted criticism.
It appears that Del Rey herself has adopted a similar attitude, choosing not to respond directly to these comments, thus, not allowing the negativity to distract her from her artistic pursuits.
Triumphing On Stage
The singer recently performed at the MITA Festival in Rio De Janeiro, marking her return to the stage after a hiatus of four years.
Fans were treated to a set that included four new songs from her latest album, "Did You Know That There's a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd?", along with a generous selection of her previous hits. An unexpected highlight of the concert came when the Grammy-nominated artist had a viral interaction with her audience mid-set.
Amidst the performance, Del Rey realized she had misplaced her vape pen on stage, leading to a spontaneous, humorous exchange with her fans. In a clip from the performance that has since gone viral, Lana can be heard asking, "And also if you see my vape onstage… Can you find my vape onstage?" Fans eagerly pointed out the lost item's location in the pit, to which she responded with a laugh, "Oh, all the way in the pit? F-ck it." This recent episode demonstrates Lana Del Rey's resilience in the face of online vitriol.
Through her unflinching focus on her music and her playful, spontaneous interaction with fans, the singer has shown that she remains undeterred and unapologetically herself.