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Lana Del Rey hoped music industry would make her more friends

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International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey performs on 'Later With Jools Holland'

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Lana Del Rey pursued a career in music to make more friends.

The 25-year-old has admitted that a huge part of the reason she went after fame was so she could find companions in the industry, and hoped that she would gain a bigger support network by targeting those who knew she was talented.

"I wanted to be part of a high-class scene of musicians. It was half-inspired because I didn't have many friends, and I was hoping that I would meet people and fall in love and start a community around me, the way they used to do in the '60s.

"I wanted to be seen as a good singer, and not much more than that," she told NME.

The star - whose real name is Elizabeth Grant - added that she still has difficulty making personal connections with new people, due to her tendency to use her mind too much.

"I did find it hard to make friends, but it wasn't because of the people, but because I was sort of a cerebral person, an over-thinker.

"I was trying to figure out a vision for my future that would make me happy."

Meanwhile, she told MTV News that she has another day job when she's not on stage or in the studio.

"People would be surprised to know that I live a really quiet life. I do a lot of the same things every day when I'm home.

"I still have the same babysitting job. I babysit twice a week. When I'm here… that's what I do, because it's something I've been doing for a while. But I've been travelling a lot," she revealed.

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