"It would feel weird to me now."
While Lana Del Rey has built her well defined aesthetic around iconic American nostalgia, don't expect the singer to perform in front of Old Glory anytime soon.
Speaking with Pitchfork in a new interview about her fourth album, Lust for Life, which is out Friday, Del Rey expressed deep concerns with the country's direction under Donald Trump's presidency and how that is having an affect on her songwriting and visual identity. When asked about whether it's hard to be romantic about America when Trump is president, she replied, "It's certainly uncomfortable."
"I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos," Del Rey continued. "I'm not going to have the American flag waving while I'm singing 'Born to Die.' It's not going to happen. I'd rather have static. It's a transitional period, and I'm super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now -- it didn't feel weird in 2013.