Dua Lipa has opened up about being heralded as a gay icon throughout her career.
The New Rules singer has always been vocal in her support of the LGBTQ+ community, stating that it is her ‘duty’ to raise awareness.
She insisted that she will continue to fight for their freedom and use her platform to do so.
Speaking to Attitude, the 25-year-old lifted the lid on how it felt to be described as a beacon to the community – admitting she finds it ‘hard’ to see herself as such.
‘It’s really hard to refer to myself as that. But I’m trying to channel that energy…,’ she said. ‘It’s entirely a right to be able to love who you want, not just because I have friends in the LGBTQ community, but because we’re all human and we deserve it. It’s something that I feel very connected to and will continue to fight for.’
Dua has been in the music industry for years, dropping first single New Love on fans in 2015.
She has been working hard ever since, and is now a household name with number one singles, a string of awards and Glastonbury performances under her belt.
During the candid conversation, the star also opened up about her career, lifting the lid on her experiences with misogyny in the music world.
Recalling a moment she was asked to ‘wear a skirt’ in a music video, because people wanted to see her in a ‘cute outfit’, she explained why exactly she put her foot down.
‘You’re on a music video and the director goes, “I definitely think you need to wear a skirt” – because someone wants to see, you know, UK’s pop star in a cute outfit. I’m like, “Well, I’m going to wear trousers because it’s f**king freezing”,’ Dua continued.
‘I know how to stand my ground and hold it down. There are all these little things, but I think that’s maybe where we’re going wrong. For so long we’re so used to pushing it away and saying something to just turn it off and be, like, this isn’t a big deal.
‘I’ve always been someone to check [a person] straight away. If someone’s saying something [that I don’t agree with], “Well, I’m not going to do that, I’m going to do this.” It creates maybe a weird energy, but it’s something that has to be said and addressed.’
We couldn’t stan the Hotter Than Hell star any more.
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