Lana Del Rey 's former label boss has quashed many of the claims that have been made about her early career and the album that was released under her real name, Lizzie Grant. According to David Nichtern, head of Five Points Records, contrary to many rumours surrounding the 'Video Games' star, she was not bank-rolled by her billionaire father. In fact according to an interview with NME, he appears not even to have been aware of her father's reported wealth: "Her father never had anything to do financially with supporting her creativity. I don't know if he was lending her money to live off, but at least when she was with us, not a penny. I don't know if he's rich or not; I met him and he seemed like a pretty ordinary guy."
Nichtern goes on to say "Certain facts about the record she did with us are completely misshapen." He went on to explain the confusion over her previous album, which was initially available on iTunes but at some point between its release and the singer reinventing herself as Lana Del Rey, has been removed and is therefore hard to track down. "We put out the album digitally and at first she wanted it to be 'R-A-Y'," he said of the singer's decision to adopt her stage moniker. Shortly after that, her and her new manager came in and said 'We want to get this off the market. We're going for a completely new deal. We'll buy you out of the deal.' So we made a separation agreement."
The attention that has been drawn to Lana Del Rey's past doesn't seem to have had a negative effect on her present: her album, Born to Die is in the running for a number one spot in the UK and an MTV article suggests she might make number 2 in the States when result are announced later in the week.