Update: Lana Del Rey Releases Statement After Police Arrest Man Planning To Kidnap Her


Lana Del Rey has released a statement after Orlando police arrested a man planning to kidnap her.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hey kiddos. <br>I’m doing fine thanks for the messages. And tomorrow we’ll be in Hotlanta can’t wait to see everyone. Yachty that means u. <a href=”https://t.co/hwrRYyrA3E”>pic.twitter.com/hwrRYyrA3E</a></p>&mdash; Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LanaDelRey/status/960221100415377408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Original Story:

Orlando police stopped a man wielding a knife and Lana Del Rey concert tickets outside the Amway Center Feb. 2 where the singer was playing that night, after the man had made social media comments that he was “running away” with his “queen.” 

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>ARRESTED: Michael Hunt, for aggravated stalking &amp; attempted kidnapping w/a weapon. <br><br>After receiving a tip we deemed a credible threat, OPD got to him before he could get near singer Lana Del Rey last night at her show at Amway Center. <a href=”https://t.co/twVrOSxNqF”>pic.twitter.com/twVrOSxNqF</a></p>&mdash; Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) <a href=”https://twitter.com/OrlandoPolice/status/959928449870848001?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Michael Hunt, 43, had made disturbing comments on social media leading police to believe he intended to kidnap the singer. Hunt referred to Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) as his “queen” and suggested that after the Amway Center show, “our decisions will be as one.”

He also hinted that he was “leaving town for good” and would be “taking off” with the singer. Hunt was charged with aggravated stalking with a credible threat and attempted kidnapping with a weapon, according to an Orlando Police Department statement, which added that, if not for the tip from a community member, Hunt may have been able to enter the concert.

Lana Del Rey
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– Lana Del Rey
at the Prudential Center in New Jersey Jan. 19.

Lana Del Rey has been playing arenas since the start of the New Year, with venues including Pepsi Center, Target Center and Capital One Arena. Support is currently from Kali Uchis.

Her current tour continues through the end of February, after which she plays the South American Lollapaloozas and then hits Australia.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Orlando! Fort Lauderdale! Miami! Thank you so much for coming out and making those shows totally crazy and keeping the energy high<br>We’re all feeling super lucky after a couple of days of amazing shows <br>that means <br>Atlanta, Georgia at the Phillips Arena is our next stop<br>Grateful. <a href=”https://t.co/qGVBUSEXGO”>pic.twitter.com/qGVBUSEXGO</a></p>&mdash; Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LanaDelRey/status/959839914744479750?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

Recent Lana Del Rey Boxoffice reports submitted to Pollstar include Sept. 5 at the Bil Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, where she sold out 8,529 tickets and grossed $463,000, and the SSE Hydro in Scotland Aug. 23, where she sold 9,211 tickets and grossed $517,00.

While all’s well that ends well, the apparent kidnapping threat brings back memories of the loss of singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot dead by an apparent crazed fan in Orlando during a meet and greet after a performance in 2016.