Barrie James O'Neill
December 20, 1987
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Lana Del Rey (ex-girlfriend)
Barrie James O'Neill's early life isn't well documented, and not much is known about his childhood. In 2009 O'Neill formed a band in Glasgow named Kassidy, and has released four EP's and two albums. The Rubbergum EP Volumes 1, 2, and 3 were released in 2010 and the two albums Hope St. and One Man Army were release in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The band released their People Like Me EP on iTunes in 2013 during their tour with Lana Del Rey. Kassidy toured with the singer during the Paradise Tour from April 5, 2013 to May 31, 2013. The band ended their live shows by singing Lana Del Rey's "Video Games". O'Neill has left Kassidy since, and now goes by the name Nightmare Boy as a solo artist.
Work with Lana Del Rey
Del Rey and O'Neill worked together covering "Summer Wine", originally by Lee Hazelwood in 1967. The two created a homemade video in the style of Lana Del Rey's other homemade videos. The cover was published to Lana Del Rey's personal youtube channel on April 18, 2013. The video features Del Rey and O'Neill performing the song, on the beach, and in their backyard.
O'Neill was one of the writers for Lana Del Rey's album, Ultraviolence, and contributed by co-writing the song "Brooklyn Baby". The song was released as the 4th song on the album, and a snippet was released as a part of a promotional video on iTunes.
On August, 2014, O'Neill released the tracklist of his solo debut album, with the song "Riverside" featuring Lana Del Rey. The album and song was eventually scrapped in favour of a 4 track EP. "Riverside" leaked on September 22, 2015.
Relationship with Lana Del Rey
O'Neill first met Del Rey in 2011, and were seen together at the Tartan Clef Awards in November. Rumors of their relationship circled, but neither O'Neill nor Del Rey commented. The couple confirmed their relationship in February of 2012. A source close to Kassidy confirmed the relationship as well, saying, "I can confirm they are together." In July 2013, engagement rumors started when the couple were househunting together. Lana Del Rey was also seen with a large ring on her finger. In January of 2014, Us Weekly reported that the couple was secretly engaged, and said "multiple sources tell Us Weekly exclusively. After trying to get an official answer, there hasn't been confirmation from Lana Del Rey or her representative." In June 2014, Del Rey revealed in an interview with German magazine 20 Minuten that the two had broken up.