Dua Lipa Says She Overcame Performance Criticism to Prove She's 'Here to Stay'

Dua tells 'Vanity Fair' that she used such comments as motivators in perfecting her chart-topping sophomore effort 'Future Nostalgia' and performances.

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Most who have kept up with stan Twitter over the last few years have spotted the “go girl give us nothing” comment, which appeared on a YouTube video of Dua Lipa’s 2018 Brit Awards performance.

Today, Dua tells Vanity Fair that she used such comments as motivators in perfecting her chart-topping sophomore effort Future Nostalgia and its resulting performances. 

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“It’s one thing when people are mean about you, but you know that you did your best,” she said to the publication, as she appears on the July and August magazine cover. “But it’s another thing when people are mean about you and you know that you actually haven’t had the opportunity to be the best because you’ve spread yourself so thinly in trying to do everything at once.”

As Dua explains, as an artist, you want to show that you’re “here to stay” rather than just someone who can drop a good album or single. 

“I just wanted to make sure that this time around, I was very much in control of the fact that I’m going to do the music, then I’m going to rehearse,” She shared. “And then when I come in and I do the performances, they’re all going to be amazing. I’m going to prove to people that I can do this and that I’m here to stay.”

Dua has also mentioned before that getting “bullied online” made her want to “dance her ass off.” And during her conversation with Vanity Fair staff writer Erin Vanderhooof, the 25-year-old phenom also discussed her plans for the next few years, where she hopes to dive into acting or wine making, despite music (and putting out two more albums) as her main focus. 

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“I want to solidify myself as an artist in that aspect first, before anything else,” Dua shared. “For now, I just wanna make sure the music is good.”

This isn’t the first time Lipa has hinted at a future in acting, though, telling UK tabloid The Sun this week that she’d “really like to” give the medium a try. 

“It is something I’m definitely up for exploring and figuring it out, maybe with a small role first,” Dua revealed. “I’ve become a bit more confident in myself. I’ve done a little bit here and there, so I feel I’ve discovered the side of acting within music videos. I am quite intrigued and excited about the prospect of doing something else at some point.”

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