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Dua Lipa lauds her 'tight' circle of family and friends for keeping her grounded


Dua Lipa has lauded her ‘tight’ circle of family and friends for keeping her grounded as she graced the digital cover of WSJ. Magazine.

The singer, 26, stated that despite her superstar status, she feels ‘comforted’ that ‘no one really, truly knows what happens behind closed doors,’ and ‘not everything is out there,’ after it was reported she’d split from boyfriend of two years Anwar Hadid.

Dua, who is about to kick off her Future Nostalgia tour, also revealed that despite spending much of her life the UK, her Kosova heritage is ‘a big part of who she is.’ 

Sensational: Dua Lipa has lauded her 'tight' circle of family and friends for keeping her grounded as she graced the digital cover of WSJ. Magazine

Sensational: Dua Lipa has lauded her ‘tight’ circle of family and friends for keeping her grounded as she graced the digital cover of WSJ. Magazine

Speaking to the publication to promote her podcast and newsletter, Dua explained that despite interest in her love life, she’s managed to keep many things private.

She said: ‘Something that I’ve realized over time is how little people actually know. I’ve made peace with the fact that people can think what they want to think, but no one really, truly knows what’s happening behind closed doors. 

‘My circle’s really tight, my family and my friends keep me so grounded, and it gives me some kind of comfort that not everything is out there that would take away from your life and privacy.’

Open: The singer stated that despite her superstar status, she feels 'comforted' that 'no one really, truly knows what happens behind closed doors'

Open: The singer stated that despite her superstar status, she feels ‘comforted’ that ‘no one really, truly knows what happens behind closed doors’

In December it was reported that Dua and Anwar had called off their romance, after strugglng with being kept apart due to their busy schedules.

The star, whose representative declined to comment on the reports, also discussed embracing her Kosovar heritage, adding: ‘It’s such a big part of who I am. Given my parents and how they came to the U.K., [the refugee situation] has always been something that’s really close to my heart.

‘I read a lot of comments from people telling me that I don’t have a country, I don’t have an identity, Kosovo doesn’t exist. 

‘I lived in Kosovo, I know the lives that were lost. So for somebody to deny me my identity and my experience, it’s hard for me to stand back and not speak up about it. So that’s something that I will always do.’

Over: It comes following reports in December that Dua split from her boyfriend Anwar Hadid after two years together

Over: It comes following reports in December that Dua split from her boyfriend Anwar Hadid after two years together 

Candid: Speaking to the publication to promote her podcast and newsletter, Dua explained that despite interest in her love life, she's managed to keep many things private

Candid: Speaking to the publication to promote her podcast and newsletter, Dua explained that despite interest in her love life, she’s managed to keep many things private

After the huge success of her album Future Nostalgia, Dua is preparing to head out on a much-delayed tour, and she also detailed her decision to release her new music despite being in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

She said: ‘I always have this viewpoint that you have to be outside of your comfort zone for things to be rewarding.

‘So when the pandemic happened, and everyone was worried about whether we should release the album, I was just like, F— it, maybe it’s just what we need. 

‘While everyone’s at home, maybe this is the album we should be putting out. It was scary, because you had no idea how long we were going to be in this pandemic. Everything was a big question mark. But I had a sense that we just had to do it.

Views: She said: ''My circle's really tight, my family and my friends keep me so grounded, and it gives me some kind of comfort that not everything is out there'

Views: She said: ”My circle’s really tight, my family and my friends keep me so grounded, and it gives me some kind of comfort that not everything is out there’

Identity: The star also discussed embracing her Kosova heritage (she is pictured second left with her father Dukagjin, politician Erion Veliaj. brother Gjin, mother Anesa and sister Rina)

Identity: The star also discussed embracing her Kosova heritage (she is pictured second left with her father Dukagjin, politician Erion Veliaj. brother Gjin, mother Anesa and sister Rina)

‘Nothing was planned. It was all like, Let’s try this out—why not? The idea that people were liking the album was the extra driving force for me to create new things and work harder and try to give them more experiences.’  

Dua is also launching her own podcast to interview an array of stars, and a newsletter, titled Service95, which will focus on new musicians, artists and designers and feature updates from around the world.

‘Since I was really young, I’ve always kept lists,’ she continued. ‘My parents found it really funny, because they would find them all over the house, but it’s something that I’ve done religiously—I try a new restaurant, I write it down. 

Coming soon: After the huge success of her album Future Nostalgia, Dua is preparing to head out on a much-delayed tour

Coming soon: After the huge success of her album Future Nostalgia, Dua is preparing to head out on a much-delayed tour

‘Movies I want to watch, books I want to read, places I want to see, drinks, recipes, everything. So all my friends send me messages like, ”I’m in Mexico City; what can I do?” And I’d say, ”Oh, this, this, this, you have to see this.”

Dua is also in the midst of working on her next album, explaining she’s done a ‘big chunk’ of writing for the compilation, but insists she’s in ‘no rush’ to release it.

Out now: Read the full interview in WSJ. Magazine, available now

Out now: Read the full interview in WSJ. Magazine, available now

She said: ‘I’ve done a big chunk of writing: It’s starting to take shape; I’ve got a lot of it recorded.

‘It has a vision. It has a name, I think—for now. It’s just been fun experimenting. I’m always going to make pop music, but it has its own unique sound, which is exciting and something that feels like a movement from Future Nostalgia. It’s still in baby form, so we’ll see as it progresses.

‘In all honesty, it’s probably not what my fans want to hear, but I’m in no rush.’ 

Dua’s Future Nostalgia tour is kicking off on February 9 in Miami, almost two years later than planned.

She shared behind-the-scenes snaps from rehearsals at the Izod Center in New Jersey on Instagram on Wednesday.   

Read the full interview in WSJ. Magazine, available now. 

In the works: Dua is also in the midst of working on her next album, explaining she's done a 'big chunk' of writing for the compilation, but insists she's in 'no rush' to release it

In the works: Dua is also in the midst of working on her next album, explaining she’s done a ‘big chunk’ of writing for the compilation, but insists she’s in ‘no rush’ to release it

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