During a recent chat with Audacy, Dua Lipa opened up about her thoughts on the importance of conversation when it comes to mental health, tips for having a healthy relationship with social media, and the influence her music has.
“I think having open conversations about mental health gets rid of the stigma around it. I think being really open about your experience or allowing space for somebody else to be open about their experience and just being there for support is enough to be able to… I don’t know — help,” Dua shared. Whether its helping “somebody get something off their chest” or to “change somebodies perspective,” or simply just to be able to honest “about your feelings and emotions in a way that feels seen and heard.”
“I think girls sometimes have it easier to talk to each other about things that are happening, boys maybe not so much, men not so much,” Dua went on to say. “Because they have this whole idea of they have to be really strong and really tough, and they can’t show emotion. And the thing that maybe as women, we are vulnerable. I think it’s quite strong to be able to talk about how you feel, I think men need to do it more. So I think these conversations between people just need to keep happening more often to create that safe space around speaking about mental health.”
Discussing ways to have a healthy relationship with social media, Dua admitted “there can be good days and bad days on social media, it really depends on how you want to view it.” She continued, “I think the best way, at least the thing that’s worked for me is taking myself off certain social medias and just kind of popping in a little less regularly.”
“I think its also important to not put too much importance on maybe the opinions of others, or how those things might make you feel… Taking a time out from social media now and then is super healthy.”
Reflecting on how her music affects her fans, Dua expressed, “I think its amazing to get to hear the way that my music has impacted somebody.”
“I guess my biggest goal is to make music that other people can resonate with, or it can provide a space of safety, or feeling of being seen, or heard — that’s like the biggest goal. So to hear that and to feel like I’m doing something good with the thing that I love doing the most, I feel like its just the best place to be in.”
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 988. Find a full list of additional resources here.
Words by Maia Kedem Interview by Bru