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Lana Del Rey Talks Childhood Alcohol Addiction in British GQ October 2012

Posted Friday September 7, 2012 11:03 AM GMT

Getting ready to drop seven new tracks on her "Paradise" reissue of "Born to Die" in November, Lana Del Rey garnered herself a little added exposure by landing on one of five special edition covers of the October 2012 issue of British GQ magazine.

The 26-year-old singer strategically posed naked for the Mariano Vivanco front page shot wearing nothing but sapphire and diamonds by Chopard while dishing about everything from her career to her childhood addiction to alcohol.

Highlights from Miss Del Rey's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to check out British GQ!

On becoming a successful artist:
"Just to have someone acknowledge the material I write is incredibly touching. It's an affirmation of sorts. I just didn't think that this was going to happen. Not any of it."

On her alcohol addiction:
"It's been nine years since my last drink. That's really why I got sent to boarding school aged 14 - to get sober. A lot of the time when I write about the person that I love, I feel like I'm writing about New York. And when I write about the thing that I've lost I feel like I'm writing about alcohol because that was the first love of my life. Sure, there have been people, but it's really alcohol."

On her "stranger searching" hobby:
"It's still my passion. I would just walk out of my front door in Brooklyn or Manhattan with an intention to meet someone who has the same energy. You just put it out there."

Photo Credit: Mariano Vivanco for British GQ