Del Rey felt compelled to speak out about Kanye West's embrace of President Trump because of the rapper's role as a cultural leader.
"Kanye just means so much to us," she explained to The New York Times
. "And by the way, I'm grateful to be in a country where everyone can have their own political views. I'm really not more of a liberal than I am a Republican - I'm in the middle. But it was more like the mood and the vibe around, Yo, this man is the greatest! Really? The greatest? It hurt me. Did I have to say anything? No. But it's more just a line that represents a lot of things."