LANA DEL REY
Away from the limelight, songstress Lana Del Ray appeared to be getting some much needed alone time as she spotted relaxing on the beach by herself in Malibu, California on March 23, 2016. The 30-year-old, who just released her music video «Freak,» wore a string bikini beneath a strappy top and a baseball cap for a day in the sunshine before heading back to the studio.
Lana Del Rey was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City on June 21, 1985 to Robert England Grant, Jr., a Grey Group copywriter turned entrepreneur, and Patricia Ann «Pat» (Hill), a former Grey account executive turned high school teacher. She has one younger sister, Caroline Grant (born 1988/1989), and one brother, Charlie (born 1993/1994). Her paternal grandfather, Robert England Grant, Sr. was a Kidder, Peabody & Co. investment banker, a vice president for Plough, Inc and Textron, and venture capitalist. She is of Scottish descent.
Del Rey grew up in rural Lake Placid, New York, and attended a Catholic elementary school and for one year, a high school where her mother taught. She began singing in her church choir when she was a child, where she was the cantor. At age fifteen, she was sent to Kent School by her parents to deal with her rampant alcohol abuse; her uncle, an admissions officer at the school, secured her financial aid to attend.
Before becoming a singer, Del Rey wanted to be a poet. As a child, her father wrote country songs for personal enjoyment, while her mother was interested in singing; the former introduced her to The Beach Boys, while the latter was a fan of Carly Simon.