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Dua Lipa “All I ever wanted was for it to be about the music” Exerts of a Vogue Article


“I didn’t get to see people’s reaction to the album in real life,” she tells me. “So being on tour and seeing the crowds is like, Oh, it was a really big album. I get so excited seeing people coming together as a collective.” -Dua Lipa

“All I ever wanted was for it to be about the music,” Dua says. “My goal was, I want the music to be good enough so that people would talk about that more than anything else. But unless you’re a fully formed pop star who’s trained in pop-star camp for five fucking years before you hit the stage for the first time, one misstep, one wrong move, one dance that doesn’t really work and it’s used against you. That was fucking hard for me.” – Dua Lipa

“All my friends had boyfriends before me,” she recalls. “No one fancied me! Every girl was more developed. And I was just like, Fuck, I have no idea if I’m ever gonna grow.” – Dua Lipa

“I’m always on the side of the oppressed,” -Dua Lipa

“Being from the U.K., it’s hard for me to wrap my head around. When I’m in the car with someone in America and they have, like, a little bit of road rage, I’m always like, ‘Don’t do it. You have no idea who that other person is and if they’re carrying a gun,’ ”  -Dua Lipa

“Hearing my aunts’ and my grandma’s and friends’ stories about losing their fathers, their brothers, having them dragged away from their homes in Kosovo—the things that happened to them shook me to the core,” -Dua Lipa

“I’ve always had this anger toward the patriarchy,”

“I just never liked boys telling me what to do.”

 “Boys would start it and chase the girls around the playground, trying to kiss us. So you’re running around and laughing, but it’s a nervous laughter. You don’t really know what’s happening, and you’re supposed to be like, Oh, the boys fancy me. Like it was a game about winning their approval. I hated that.” -Dua Lipa

“There was a day where I just wasn’t in the mood to run,” she says. “By then I’d learned a tactic. I don’t know how I picked it up, but when a boy would come near me, I’d say, ‘Yeah, come here.’ ” She wags a finger toward herself in reenactment. “And then I would pinch their shoulders like this”—her orange chrome nails clip together, like talons snatching their prey—“until they fell to their knees. That was the point when I started standing up to boys, and the boys started being scared of me.” -Dua Lipa

“I would write about what I was doing after school, what smoothies I was making, or what top I bought from Topshop when Topshop still existed,” -Dua Lipa

“We bring our oracle cards, we sage, we light the palo santo, we speak to the cosmos. We ask to be vessels for the day. We leave it to what some people would call fate.” -Dua Lipa

“The way you see the world is the reflection of what you have built in your life,” she intones, reading the first card in that old-soul husk that belies her youth. “Think about what hurts you the most and heal it. You have that power.” -Dua Lipa

“For two years we were frozen. I didn’t get to really do these songs in the way that I’d envisioned them, and now that I’ve been able to put a show around it, it feels new to me,” she explains. “But there are also ways I feel I’m moving on a little bit. Especially now that I’ve started writing again and working on new music.” -Dua Lipa

“I’ve definitely grown up. Overall, whether it’s sonically or in terms of the themes, I’ve matured. It’s like I’m coming into my power and not afraid to talk about things. It’s about understanding what I want.” -Dua Lipa

“The next chapter of my life is about truly being good with being alone.” -Dua Lipa

 “Some people on the internet were like, ‘Oh, Dua went out for dinner on her own, blah blah, I do this all the time.’ And I think that’s amazing if you do it all the time. You must be so confident. But it was a big step for me. I was nervous—like, what am I gonna do? I don’t want to be on my phone.”…“I want to know I can just be there for myself, you know?” -Dua Lipa

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