Harvey Weinstein’s Sexual Advances Allegedly Landed Him in This Lana Del Rey Song
Sources tell Page Six that Lana Del Rey wrote a song about Harvey Weinstein in 2012.
The track “Cola” from her third extended play album Paradise features the lyrics: “I got a taste for men who are older. It’s always been, so it’s no surprise.” Those lyrics were originally followed by the line, “Harvey’s in the sky with diamonds and he’s making me crazy. All he wants to do is party with his pretty baby.”
Page Six writes, “We’re told the song is ironic. (She wasn’t into Weinstein at all.)”
A source tells them that Del Rey wrote the track after Weinstein pursued her — but “she rebuffed him, she had a boyfriend.”
After Weinstein heard that the lyrics to the song included his first name, one source said, “Harvey went bananas and insisted Del Rey change the lyrics, which she did, removing Harvey’s name, so the line now goes, ‘Ah he’s in the sky with diamonds and he’s making me crazy.’”
In 2014, Del Rey contributed a song for Weinstein’s 2014 film Big Eyes.
“Cola” was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels. When she was asked about the origin of the lyrics, she explained:
My boyfriend [Barrie-James O’Neill] is Scottish, he deems American girls very exotic. He once told me: “You American girls walk around as if your pussies tasted like Pepsi-Cola, as if you’d wrap yourself into an American flag to sleep.” He deems us all very patriotic.
Del Rey made headlines earlier this year when she announced that she would no longer be using American flags in the visual components of her music and on tour.
When asked by Rolling Stone about whether it’s hard to be romantic about America when Trump is president, she replied, “It’s certainly uncomfortable.”
“I definitely changed my visuals on my tour videos,” Del Rey continued. “I’m not going to have the American flag waving while I’m singing ‘Born to Die.’ It’s not going to happen. I’d rather have static. It’s a transitional period, and I’m super aware of that. I think it would be inappropriate to be in France with an American flag. It would feel weird to me now — it didn’t feel weird in 2013.”