Social criticism is something that most of us would have encountered at some point in our lives, but if what others have said about you has affected your confidence, then it’s time for you to take heed of Dua Lipa. Rather than give up on her passion when she was rejected by her choir teacher who claimed that she couldn’t sing, the determined girl went all out to prove to not just her teacher but to the whole world that she can indeed sing.
Here are five things we learnt from Dua Lipa when we had a short chat with her just before her grand concert at KL Live recently.
Lesson 1: Believe in yourself
“I believe that it’s always important for people to believe in themselves. Sometimes, when you put your work or skills out there, your confidence spikes.”
Lesson 2: Have a dream
“I still can’t believe that I made it to the BRIT Awards and I’m extremely excited that I could perform. It’s something that I dreamed about in life but never knew it would take place.”
Lesson 3: Everyone goes through problems in life
“I come up with songs based on incidents that I have gone through or my friends have gone through with the hope that other people out there can relate to them. That’s going to be the theme in all my music.”
Lesson 4: We all go through unproductive days
“On some days, I can write five songs because I’m truly inspired but on other days, I can’t write anything. It doesn’t necessarily mean that something has to happen for me to be able to write. It just depends on the type of day it happens to be.”
Lesson 5: A break-up isn’t the end of the world
“IDGAF is a break-up song but it’s at that point in the break-up when you’ve passed the heartbreak and everything that’s truly hurting you. It’s the time when your past wants to come back to your life but you’re over everything, and it’s the perfect moment when you don’t feel anything anymore.”
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Photography: Warner Music Malaysia, Chris Chew and @Dualipa