When a domino effect toppled some concertgoers at a Lana Del Rey show in September 2023, Christian influencer Traci Coston was concerned — not about the fans’ safety, but about Lana Del Rey’s supposed demonic influence. “That’s not a mosh pit […] Whatever witchcraft Lana Del Rey is doing, the spell she’s putting on her music to make it attractive, those demons are being invited into the crowd and into you when you attend. Those demons will destroy your life,” Coston said in a video posted to Instagram.
Del Rey, offended by the implications about her spirituality, volleyed back at Coston in the comments section (per the Los Angeles Times): “B—h I know the Bible verse for verse better than you do,” she wrote. And indeed, Del Rey does come from a religious background. According to a 2013 interview with Nylon, she attended a Catholic elementary school and regularly cantored during Mass growing up. “I loved church,” she shared. “I loved the mysticism, the idea of something bigger, the idea of a divine plan.”
For what it’s worth, Del Rey did promote the use of witchcraft once — in 2017, when she cryptically Tweeted a series of dates that just so happened to align with the dates certain activists had set for a ritual intended to hex Donald Trump. When asked to confirm whether she had Tweeted about the ritual by NME, she said, “Yeah, I did it. Why not?”