Who Is Dua Lipa? 7 Details About The 'New Rules' Singer's Music, Life, Loves & Relationship Rumors

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Who Is Dua Lipa? 7 Details About The 'New Rules' Singer's Music, Life, Loves, & More
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On Saturday, February 3, 2018, British pop music sensation, singer/songwriter Dua Lipa, will appear as the musical guest star on Saturday Night Live, and there can be no doubt in this universe that she isn't the only one who cannot wait!

"Who is Dua Lipa," you ask?

Lipa, 22, got her start uploading videos of herself singing covers of other artists songs to YouTube when she only 14. Her self-titled debut album with Warner Music Group was released on June 2, 2018, and she is already catching attention in the magical way that only the most select class of musicians and artists ever do.


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We can't be the only ones desperately searching for as much information about the London bred beauty out there, so to help you out, here are seven facts, rumors and details to answer your most pressing questions about Dua Lipa's songs, lyrics, life, boyfriends, tattoos, and more!

1. Her real name is... Dua Lipa.

It's understand that people are likely to believe hers is a stage name, as most of us, especially those of us in the United States, have probably never heard the name Dua before, much less known someone given that name at birth.

Lipa was born in London (her birthday is August 22, 1995) and raised there until the age of 11 by Albanian parents, mother Anessa and father Dukagjin, who is also a singer.

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Her given name means "love" in Albanian, and she wasn't always happy about it.

"A lot of people never really believe that my name really is Dua," she shared in an interview with Patrizia Pepe. "My parents are originally from Kosovo and Dua means love in Albanian, but it kind of took me a while, especially growing up, to really appreciate my name. It was only when when it kind of came to the point that I didn't really need a stage name was really when I... I really started enjoying it. I guess growing up in London and going to school in London, I just wished I had a normal name."


2. Despite her young age, music is not her first career.

Lipa moved to Kosovo with her parents after the country gained independence in 2008, then returned to London on her own at the young age of 15, working as a waitress to pay her bills while pursuing her dreams of singing and modeling.

However, the brutal modeling industry didn't take to the 5'8" beauty quite as well as the music industry soon would.

"I got approached to do modeling when I was really young," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I went there, but I was never the right size, I was never cut out to be a model and I never really got any real jobs. They were holding on to me for a while, and then they were like, 'Oh you know, if you lose a lot of weight, we'll be able to put you out for more jobs.' And it kind of put me in a really bad mindset — going back to the 'Blow Your Mind' thing, this is where a lot of the inspiration came from — where I feel like I really tried to change myself in order to get somewhere."

"The reason why I thought modeling was a good idea was because I thought I could make loads of friends that could help me in music and that I could really push myself. Obviously, that wasn't the case. I'm really grateful that I did it because it was part of my journey to where I am now, but it also showed me a lot of what I wanted and what made me happy, and it wasn't that at all. Some people get it so wrong when they write and they go, 'She had a really successful modeling career,' I'm like, people don't understand that it really wasn't that. It was totally part of my journey, but it wasn't what helped me get to where I am."


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3. If you think she sounds like Pink, that no accident.

In the same interview with Pepe, Lipa spoke of the musical artists and styles that have inspired her.

"Especially for this being my first album, I wanted people to really get to know me, who I am as an artist, but also as a person. From listening to, like, Bob Dylan and David Bowie and Stereophonics that my parents loved, to Nelly Furtado and Pink and Destiny's Child, artists that I love, and then when I moved to Kosovo at 11, everybody listened to hip-hop. It was kind of that mixture of all these sounds."


4. But please do not call her "the next Lana Del Rey."

Lipa may be represented by the same manager as Lana Del Rey — TAP Management’s director Ben Mawson — but as far as Lipa is concerned, that's where the similarities end.

"We're so different. It isn't a bad thing — I think she's great," Lipa told Digital Spy."I think the only reason we get compared is because we have the same manager. And when I dropped my first song it was produced by [Lana Del Rey producer] Emile Haynie so it was like, 'Oop! New Lana!'"

"Once I dropped 'Be The One', I feel like people actually understood that it's very, very different. All the songs that are to come are very different to Lana. I'm not mad at the comparison. It's good people will get to see different things that are to come and hopefully form a different opinion."


5. She currently appears to be single.

Lipa was last known to be in a relationship with Paul Klein, the 29-year-old lead singer of synthpop trio LANY, but the two reportedly broke in January 2018 after only five months. In the past she's been linked to British model and chef, Isaac Carew, 31, as well as singers Calvin Harris, 34, and Harry Styles, 23.

Lipa adamantly insisted to the Evening Standard that most items written about her love life are misogynistic rumors.

"As soon as I broke up with my boyfriend, the second I was seen with someone, it became a story. Even when I was with my boyfriend Harry [Styles] and I just went out for lunch one day and everyone was like they're dating. Can everyone just [chill]? It's kind of sexist."


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6. She didn't make the cut to be in her school choir.

Before heading back to Kosovo in 2008, Lipa studied at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, alma mater of Amy Winehouse and, oddly enough, Emma Bunton, AKA Baby Spice of the Spice Girls.

Even more oddly, Lipa told Digital Spy that she was NOT accepted into the school's choir.

"Oh mate, it was the worst. It was because I couldn't sing the high notes and the teacher was like, 'Yeah you can't sing…' I was absolutely heartbroken. I remember going home and telling my parents. It's so mean when you tell a child they can't sing. What the...?!"

Seriously, did they not hear what we're hearing?

"Me when I was 11 years old singing 'No One' by Alicia Keys hahaha!!!!"


7. Lipa's fans have urged Selena Gomez to listen to her "New Rules."

If you haven't heard or don't remember the "rules" set forth in Lipa's hit song, here's a refresher:

"One, don't pick up the phone
You know he's only calling 'cause he's drunk and alone
Two, don't let him in
You have to kick him out again
Three, don't be his friend
You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning
And if you're under him
You ain't getting over him"

​Because when Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber were first spotted together again in October 2017, Lipa's fans rushed to Gomez's aid... kind of.

A Twitter storm ensued.

"hello @selenagomez don’t pick up the phone you know he’s only calling cause he’s drunk and alone two don’t let him in you’ll have to kick him out again three don’t be his friend you know you’re gonna wake up in his bed in the morning and if you’re under him you ain’t ge"

"Hey @selenagomez what do you think of the song New Rules by @DUALIPA because if you haven’t heard it I definitely believe you should"

"'Selena and Justin are together' Dua Lipa:"


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Senior Editor and happily-former divorce coach/mediator Arianna Jeret is a recognized expert on love, sex, and relationships (except when it comes to her own life, of course) who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Style, Fox News, Bustle, Parents and more. Join her Sundays at 10:15 PM EST when she answers ALL of your questions on Facebook Live on YourTango. For more, follow her on Twitter (@ariannajeret) and Instagram (@ariannajer).