Lana Del Rey didn’t want to “elicit a response” from Kanye West after labeling him “blond and gone” in her new track The Greatest.
In the tune, taken from her upcoming album Norman F**king Rockwell, Lana sings: “Kanye West is blond and gone.” And although the line comes after the star denounced the rapper for his support of U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter, Lana told The New York Times that the lyric wasn’t intended to be inflammatory.
Asked if she’d heard from Kanye over the track, Lana replied: “No. Gratefully, no.”
She added: “Here’s the thing: I don’t want to elicit a response. You never feel better for having written something like that. But Kanye just means so much to us. And by the way, I’m grateful to be in a country where everyone can have their own political views.
“I’m really not more of a liberal than I am a Republican – I’m in the middle. But it was more like the mood and the vibe around, ‘Yo, this man is the greatest!’ Really? The greatest? It hurt me. Did I have to say anything? No. But it’s more just a line that represents a lot of things.”
Kanye has hit headlines worldwide through his backing of Trump and his frequent wearings of a Make America Great Again cap, and has repeatedly defended his support of the controversial POTUS.