Lana Del Rey has been hanging out in Alabama for the past few days as fans spotted her at a Starbucks, a nail salon and a pizza place.
But in perhaps the strangest sighting to date, the “Summertime Sadness” singer was seen in social media posts serving customers at Waffle House, dressed in a sky blue uniform. “Lana” was even stamped on the front of her name tag.
Fans snapped photos with Del Rey in Florence, Alabama, and someone took video of the singer presumably saying to another worker, “Oh look at this guy. Oh my God, Charlie, don’t film him without his permission.”
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Earlier this week, Del Rey was seen autographing a fan’s arm with permanent marker, telling him, “Never do that,” in reference to people getting his name tattooed, according to video and photos of the brief encounter.
She was also seen having dinner at a pizzeria in Florence and had stayed at a local Marriott. She was also seen in Birmingham, Alabama, about a two-hour drive south.
It’s where fans met the “Young and Beautiful” singer at a nail salon and at Starbucks.
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It is unclear why she spent time in Alabama and why she worked at a Waffle House. A representative for Del Rey did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.
AL.com checked with area recording studios, including FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound, to see if Del Rey had recorded there, but confirmed that was not the case. His latest album, “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd,” was released in March. She is due to play Lollapalooza in Chicago and Outside Lands in San Francisco in August, but has no performances scheduled in or around the south.
However, the news site also noted that in the second verse of her song “Paris, Texas” from her new album, Del Rey may have dropped us a hint: “I took a train to Spain, just a notebook in my hand / Then I went to see some friends of mine in Florence, Alabama.”
Maybe a new music video is on the way? These friends could well be at the Waffle House.
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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.