„If you consider the definition of authenticity, it's saying something and actually doing it. I write my own songs. I made my own videos. I pick my producers. Nothing goes out without my permission. It's all authentic.“

Complex https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20120128131906/http://www.complex.com/music/2012/01/lana-del-rey-2012-cover-story/page/1 (24 January 2012)

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