Dua Lipa says leaving Kosovo was a ‘massive learning experience’ before finding fame

Her family fled Kosovo as war broke out, and singer Dua Lipa admits returning there was a “massive learning experience”.

Dua was born in the UK after her parents fled the conflict in the 1990s, returning to Pristina in 2006 when she was 11.

Dua says: “I didn't realise how difficult it would be. I learned even more history about the war and how it affected people.

"Living in London, I hadn't lived through it. I knew what was going on, but my parents were the ones that fled the war.

"I didn't quite understand it until I went to Kosovo and really understood how many of my friends had struggled."

Dua Lipa says leaving Kosovo was a 'massive learning experience' before finding fame

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She added: "It made me really in touch with my roots.”

At 15, Dua returned to the UK to pursue her music career. Now she has a foundation and runs a festival in Kosovo to benefit its citizens.

She told Miley Cyrus, in a live web chat: “All we ever wanted to do was try to give back to a community that has given us so much and only ever given me support, and that’s only ever been proud of me.”

Dua was born in the UK after her parents fled the conflict in the 1990s
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Dua, who released the video for single Break My Heart yesterday, described her festival as “one of my biggest achievements”, thanking Miley for headlining last year.

It comes as Dua sobbed as she shared news about her new music with her fans during an Instagram live on Monday.

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The singer, 24, was overcome with emotion as she announced that her single Break My Heart would be released on Friday and explained that she decided to take to social media as she wanted to send love to her one of her co-writers on the song Andrew Watt – who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

As Dua addressed the camera she urged her fans to "look after one another" and not to be "small minded".

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