Recently, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey got together for an in conversation-style discussion with Interview Magazine, during which they bonded through their challenges as young female artists who climbed to fame.
About halfway into their conversation, Eilish brought up Del Rey's recent rise in critical praise.
"You are so romanticized online," the former singer-songwriter observed, "specifically different eras of you and your music and your visuals."
Eilish proceeded on to absolutely guarantee Del Rey that she was "always the coolest of the cool in my world," but she was inquired if "having older versions of yourself romanticised later in life" made her portray on her early years in the industry, when she was often mocked for being forthright and ridiculed for her fashion choices.
Del Rey responded in the affirmative, pointing to Eilish that she’d just lately surprised "if it’s better to be initiated into that club where it’s like, 'She’s wonderful,' right away."
Del Rey elucidated that after making an exemplary following on YouTube, she thought "there was going to be this very niche lane where I knew that I could thrive."
But in actual, nothing like that happened and Del Rey was suddenly propelled "right into the middle lane where everyone could see it and could hear the music."
"As soon as that happened," she said, "I knew I was in for it, but I didn’t know to what extent. In the beginning, I was following the mantra: 'It’s all about how you feel, not about what other people think.'"
"I had never thought that one day Bruce Springsteen would say something like, 'I think she’s one of the most beautiful American songwriters' after Sasha Frere-Jones said, 'Change your name, change your face, and try a new career,' and Jon Caramanica was going off about whatever – this was in The New Yorker and New York magazine, and I lived in New York."