Dua Lipa is a songwriter, singer, model and a Grammy Award Winner who attracted listeners through her single hit “New Rules” and her album “Future Nostalgia”. Warner Bros signed her after working as a model.
Dua Lipa is the daughter of Dukagjin and Anessa who were refugees in London in the 1990s. The parents were Kosovar Albanians. The name Lua in Albanian means love and has no middle name. She was passionate about music career such that at the age of 15 she went to live on her own in London. During then her family had gone back to Kosovo and she used social media to project herself and let the outside world know about her. After establishing her brand she signed a label. Her second album “Future Nostalgia” was successful and achieved uptempo tunes. Lua has done a collaboration with the top class artists like Chris Martin, Miley Cyrus and Elton John.
She was born in London, England on August 1995. Her parents fled Pristina, Kosovo in 1992 to flee from conflict in Yugoslavia. Her parents being Kosovar Albanians, they were targeted by the Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. The parents settled in London as refugees. They were both students, father is a dentistry and mother is a lawyer. They both worked in restaurants to sustain themselves in their new place in London and it is then that Dua Lipa was born in 1995.
At the age of 4 Lipa wrote her first song. She had music connections in the family as her father used to perform in a rock band. Lipa’s parents return to their home country in 2006 after they felt safe, her younger siblings Rina, Gjin and herself were taken back to the home country Kosovo. At age 15 Lipa went to stay with a family friend in London and got support from her parents to move as it would activate her education. However, her true target was music something that wouldn’t be possible in Kosovo. While in an interview with CBS News she said “I was like, I want to do music, but I want to do it on a global scale. I have to go back to where everything is happening.”
While in London, Lipa studied at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and posted covers on her YouTube Channel with an aim to capture attention. She worked in a restaurant to get money and signed a deal with a modeling agency thinking it might boost her career. With her focus in music still on, she posted songs on SoundCloud. She was offered a deal in the reality show X-Factor which opened a door for the chain of events. In 2015, Lipa got a recording deal and produced her first single “New Love” during that year.
Lipa won Best New Artist during the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019. In the same year she won Second Grammy “Best Dance Recording”. Her second album “Future Nostalgia” was more personal as she had come up with the title while in Las Vegas. As at March 2020, Lipa was preparing to launch the album but then album leaked online when the world was shutting down due to COVID-19. Lipa released her song one week earlier. Dua Lipa became the top female artist on Spotify listening chats during the week her album was released. Lipa was awarded six nominations for the 63rd Grammy Awards as “Future Nostalgia” won the Best Pop Vocal Album.
Lipa is dating Anwar Hadid, who is also a model and the younger brother of Gigi since 2019. Prior to that she was engaged with Isaac Carew. As of May 2021, Lipa’s Net worth 36 million Euros.