Lana Del Rey has finally addressed the viral photos of herself working at a Waffle House in rural Alabama.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the singer expressed surprise at the strong reaction to her summer job. Del Rey said “I wish my album had gone as viral. I woke up to, like, 10,000 texts the next morning — some from folks I had not heard from for 10 years. ‘Saw your picture at the Waffle House!’ I was like, ‘Did you hear the new album?'”
New photos of Lana Del Rey with her coworker at Waffle House. pic.twitter.com/0Wxobj0H9U
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The singer was first spotted working at a Waffle House in Florence, Alabama in July. The city is situated in northwestern Alabama in an area considered the Shoals. The region is home to a number of historical sites, notably the birthplace of Helen Keller.
Lana Del Rey working a shift at Waffle House in Alabama.
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Del Rey was spotted at a local Starbucks and a local nail salon before fans ran into her at Waffle House. The southern regional chain is a mainstay across countless small towns in rural and suburban America. The singer’s 2021 album “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” contains numerous references to different locations throughout the south.
Fans and coworkers alike shared photos with Del Rey in her Waffle House uniform. There was reportedly no film crew present, and no music video was filmed onsite. Del Rey’s most recent album, “Did you know there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd”, was released in March 2023. A fan told a local news outlet and Billboard that Del Rey told a few customers that she is currently “working on a new recording.” The singer has long been known to take real life inspiration for her Americana infused songwriting.
Lana Del Rey Is Just Like Us
In the latest interview with Del Rey, her producer, Jack Antonoff, also shed some light on the great Waffle House debate. Del Rey was once hailed as one of the greatest American songwriters by Grammy winning rock icon Bruce Springsteen, and in order to adopt this artistic style, Antonoff thinks one has to live it. Despite the old Hollywood esque glamor of much of the singer’s music, Antonoff asserted that Del Rey really does live a lowkey personal life.
“The secret to Lana is that she’s exactly who she is. She’s really one of the greatest songwriters and vocalists who also likes to roll around in her truck and drink gas-station coffee. That can disarm people, but there’s no bit,” said Antonoff.
The magazine elaborated that the singer simply has family in the south, and paid them a visit. After frequenting the local Waffle House, fans who worked there got her a uniform with her name on it as a gift.
Fans are loving the surprising relatability of their favorite singer, and are hoping that she puts more into the promotion of her next album.
Girl u could’ve promote the album while doing the waffle house shift????????????
— Apollo13????️ | #inLabor???? (@apollospov) September 20, 2023
Del Rey is currently on tour, and it is unclear when she intends to release new music next.