Lana Del Rey announced she is officially retiring her 2012 song “Cola.”
Lana was motivated to nix the song after it gained attention following the recent allegations of sexual misconduct involving Harvey Weinstein. The singer said she no longer feels comfortable performing the song, which has long been rumored to be about Weinstein. Lana told MTV News,
“When I wrote that song, I suppose I had a Harvey Weinstein/Harry Winston-type of character in mind. I envisioned, like a benevolent, diamond-bestowing-upon-starlets visual, like a Citizen Kane or something. I’m not really sure. I thought it was funny at the time, and I obviously find it really sad now. I support the women who have come forward. I think they’re really brave for doing that.”
Lana is, of course, referring to the original lyrics of the song, which went:
“Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds and he’s making me crazy. All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby.”
The singer said performing the song for her fans is not appropriate anymore and that retiring “Cola” is the “only right thing to do.”
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault of multiple actresses over the years became headline news as stars like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan came forward with stories of unwanted sexual behavior and even rape.
The New York and Los Angeles Police Departments, as well as London police, currently have open investigations into the matter. Weinstein has since been fired from his own production company and sought treatment.