Lana Del Rey and Clayton Johnson have reportedly split!
by Ana Walia | Mon, 01 Nov 2021 09:38:47 GMT
Lana Del Rey's new album, "Blue Banisters" is out now. Image Source: The List 

According to reports published by The Mirror on October 3oth 2021, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey and fiancé Clayton Johnson have decided to go their separate ways. The couple met on a dating app in August 2020 and was engaged in December. Lana Del Rey started seeing Clayton Johnson after she parted ways with police officer Sean Larkin.

The news outlet reported that the 36-year-old singer bid farewell to social media in September when she mentioned that she wanted to focus on "different endeavors". Speaking about the singer’s departure from social media, a source revealed to the outlet, "She’s been working on the new album." Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, "Blue Banisters," is going to shed light on her experiences fighting lockdown battles and her emotional endeavors. 

The publication states that Lana Del Rey and Clayton Johnson faced lockdown struggles, and they have gone their separate ways. Clayton Johnson previously performed high-quality cover tunes in a band with his younger brothers Chantry and Connor, cleverly named the Johnsons.

Lana Del Rey and Clayton Johnson have reportedly parted their ways. Image Source: Wedding ETC

The singer, 35, talked out about spending time at Clayton Johnson's parents' farm in Modesto, California, ahead of the holidays in an interview with the U.K.'s Mojo Magazine for their April cover story. "I told my partner I was going to go out and sit in the car because I detest it when people listen to me talk," Del Rey claimed at the outset of the midnight conversation. "I'm at his parents' property, so we're in the guest house, which is very idyllic: Northern California, cold, 40 degrees, and a small fireplace. We had a nice little night singing all the old Disney and holiday songs", she continued. "Not what I expected after a long car trip, but everyone was in a good mood," she added lastly. 

"Blue Banisters" is Lana Del Rey's eighth studio album, following Chemtrails Over the Country Club, which was released by Interscope and Polydor Records on October 22nd, 2021, seven months after her seventh studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club. Lana Del Rey, Zachary Dawes, Loren Humphrey, Mike Dean, Barrie-James O’Neill, Rick Nowels, and others produced the album.

She goes even deeper into the intimate and concrete on this album, moving from the abstract to the intimate and concrete: The lyrics contain names of genuine people, places, and pets from Lana Del Rey's life, giving the appearance that she is documenting her reality rather than adopting a persona, as is sometimes claimed. In a Black Bathing Suit, a song that appears to nod to lockdown weight gain, she sings, "If this is the end, I want a boyfriend/someone to eat ice-cream with and watch television with".

Blue Banisters is Lana Del Rey's most straightforwardly autobiographical album to date, covering a failed romance and the start of her current one, as well as her close relationships with her sister and mother (difficult). The album's stunning, almost funereal title tune begins with a dedication to her companions before discussing the limits of female unity in the face of grief and sad singledom.

Blue Banisters debuted at number one in the Netherlands and entered the top 20 in other countries. It garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, who commended Lana Del Rey's contemplative lyricism; a few criticized the album's boring sound and familiar themes. The album Blue Banisters garnered excellent reviews from critics.

The A.V Club's Tatiana Tenreyo stated, "[Blue] Banisters is a reminder that when the singer-songwriter is in charge of her vision and fully taps into her emotions, she’s still capable of crafting breathtaking beauty." Variety’s Mike Wass wrote the album "offers a rare glimpse of an artist securing her legacy, one song at a time." 

Ben Bryant from The Independent wrote a positive review, calling it "one revelation that colors the singer’s entire body of work and noting it is far more elliptical and mysterious than it first appears".