Dua Lipa Says Online Bullying ‘Messed’ With Her Mental Health

Katie O'Malley
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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images


Dua Lipa has opened up about how her mental health has suffered after being a victim of online bullying.

In a new interview with Attitude, the 25-year-old discussed the trolling she’s received over the years, specifically following her appearance at the 2019 Grammys, during which she performed a medley of ‘Masseducation’ and ‘One Kiss’ with St. Vincent.

‘I experienced a sh*t ton at the end of my first record, and it was definitely something that gave me anxiety and made me upset and made me feel like I wasn’t good enough and made me feel like, maybe I’m not meant to be here and on the stage,’ the former ELLE UK cover star said of the negativity she saw online about her.

‘Even after the Grammys, some people were like, “Well, she doesn’t deserve it.”’

Last year, the singer won Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording at the Grammys.

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

‘There were so many things, especially when you start out, like a video of me dancing and they’re like, “Ah well, she has no stage presence” – but they’d never been to one of my shows, they’d never seen me perform,’ she noted.

‘They would take one small snippet and run with it and it would become a whole thing.’

Lipa – who is currently in a long-term relationship with model Anwar Hadid – added that for a while, the online vitriol she received ‘messed’ with her mental health.

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

'You know, I’d go on stage and if somebody was filming me, in my head, I wasn’t, like, “Oh, they’re filming me because they want to keep it.” I was like, “They’re going to film it so they can laugh at me or something.”'

While the ‘Don’t Stop Now’ singer said she had a ‘tough time’ dealing with online hate, she’s grateful for the experience. ‘I became so much stronger,’ she said. ‘I became so much more confident after that.

‘Now I know what I’m good at; I know how to be good at what I do; [and] I know how much work it takes to be good at what I do.’

Elsewhere in the interview, the singer said she previously felt like she had to justify her place in the music industry.

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Photo credit: Emma McIntyre - Getty Images

‘That’s just being a woman in the industry,’ she told the publication.

‘A lot of people see it, particularly in pop music, that you’re manufactured or whatever, so you have this underlying pressure or anxiety to constantly prove [yourself] to people, especially when you write your own lyrics.

‘While I was creating my first record [2017’s self-titled Dua Lipa], when I would go into the studio sessions, I felt like I needed to prove to the people I was going in the room with that I could write and that I do this myself and that I am an artist, [that] I’m not just going to sit there in the room and wait for somebody to write a song for me.’

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