Dua Lipa on the pandemic: ‘I think our world is probably going to change forever’

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Dua Lipa covers the May issue of Elle Magazine. Almost all of the May issues had completely their cover stories pre-pandemic, so what most magazines did was just call their cover subjects during the pandemic for a few new quotes about this brave new world, then the mag will just tack on those quotes at the beginning or end of the profile. Not Elle! They did a whole new interview with Dua while she’s isolating with her boyfriend Anwar Hadid in an Airbnb in London. The print magazine will have the original interview, while Elle online carried the new interview, conducted via Zoom. It’s kind of cool. You can read the online version of the cover story here. Some highlights:

A London quarantine: “London tends to be one of those places where it’s always gloomy and rainy—and that’s not to say that the weather won’t change in a couple of days, but now the trees are fully blossoming, the sky’s completely blue. It’s nice to see the earth almost replenishing a little bit. Everything’s kind of taking a breather.”

Her new album leaked anyway, so she decided to not delay the release: “But I think [the leak] just kind of solidified my choice that I wanted it to be out April 3 anyway. This is me going into my celestial beliefs, but it was like, Okay, this is just how it’s meant to be. And I am really grateful that the music is out.”

Doing promotional appearances via Zoom & video link-ups: For this entire virtual promo tour, Lipa’s done her own hair, makeup, and styling, and considers it “a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things.”

What she & Anwar have done in quarantine: “Oh my God, I’ve watched so many shows—Ozark, Tiger King, The Night Of, The Outsider, Servant, did I say Ozark? And lots of movies, too. I love to make lists, and normally it would be, like, lists of restaurants and places to go and stuff to do with friends, whereas now it’s movie lists, and series lists.” She and Hadid also recently cooked octopus, an impulse buy from a farm-to-table app. “We were just buying our normal fish and stuff, and octopus came up. So we said, ‘Okay, let’s try something different.’ It’s about making things fun, coming up with different recipes, trying out things that we’ve never done before.”

They’ve had hard times too: “Of course Anwar misses his family, and soon we’ll hopefully get to go back and see them… but now that we get all this extra time, we’re just making the most of it. And that’s been really nice. We’re trying to see the bright side.”

Whether the world will change post-corona: “I think things will definitely change. I think we’ll tread differently with Mother Nature—we won’t be as careless as we have been. I think we’ll be more empathetic and make moments count. We won’t take things for granted. I think our world is probably going to change forever…. I don’t feel like we’ll want to be reminded too much of this time. Of course, this is a major moment in history that we won’t forget. But I don’t know whether that’s going to influence where my music is going to go next.”

[From Elle]

I tried and failed to get into Ozark and I just couldn’t. Ozark fam, what am I missing? Should I try it again? I also tried to get into The Outsider, but my problem there was that I tried watching an episode out of nowhere, and I didn’t understand anything that was happening. As for Dua’s vibe… I think there’s a fine line between being oblivious to people really struggling and simply trying to be positive in a bad situation. I think Dua walks that fine line – she seems happy to have had this “time off” and she’s making the most of it and doing the best she can in lockdown.

PS… I’m pretty sure Elle Photoshopped the crap out of her thighs and crotch because her proportions on this cover make her look like she has doll parts.

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Covers courtesy of Elle.

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  1. The Recluse says:

    She’s right.
    Things are going to be different..for a long time. This could end up being generational, like when the plague shook up the status quo for awhile in Europe.

  2. Astrid says:

    I can’t seem to get the Ozark fever either. I’ve watched a few episodes….

  3. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    Ozark is SO worth it. And it only gets better with each season. Anyone who’s into drama-type series should give it a try.

    • Alyse says:

      I love drama – The Americans is my favourite recent one. But the 2 times I’ve tried Ozark, it just hasn’t landed with me

  4. Ashley says:

    I was working on my Netflix queue but finally gave my Prime a go and now I’ve been stuck on a British period piece wave for 2 weeks. Even with “nothing on Netflix” moments I couldn’t start Ozark. One day maybe. It just doesn’t look that interesting. And maybe I can’t take Bateman seriously as a serious actor.

    I’m in the camp where things will be different for a while but ultimately they’ll go back to being the same. People don’t change. Throughout history there have been world changing moments and things carried on. I can’t get into the doom and gloom forecast of “our world is forever changed!”. Humans are selfish and Mother Nature may be getting a reprieve right now but a year from now? Nah. People will carry on. That’s life. Look at the last century. 2 world changing events and a pandemic. Look at the other centuries. September 11th? The recession of 2008? We have short attention spans and bad memories.

    • Slowsnow says:

      @ashley I’m so with you. Nothing will change in the grand scheme of things. Actually it still is what it always was.
      I read somewhere that humans cannot process change and react according to the state they’re in. Pandemic: OMG the world will never be the same again, change the loos, support key workers; pandemic-free times: let’s worship Gadot because she was in a franchise where a woman is strong.
      I mean France, Spain and Portugal are already easing up on the lockdown because of economic pressure and not from the workers but the big buck industries who are firing people from their mansions.
      We also forget that we’ve gone through similar things before in much worse conditions.

    • Jensies says:

      Oooo can you give suggestions for British period pieces?

  5. Tammy says:

    I think everything will be different after this is over or dies out. I would love to believe that environmentally things will be better but when you see everything going on with the protesters I just am not sure anymore. People just don’t care about anything but themselves.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s how I feel too. It could have been a time to recognize those who work to help others, to remember what’s really important…nope. There is a segment of the population that is ignorant and insensitive at best, and cruel, selfish, and dangerous at worst. It’s been very depressing. I keep trying to limit my news intake because of it, but it’s everywhere.

  6. Stef says:

    Love her and her music is great. She comes across as being very real, honest and straightforward, not a lot of drama or BS.

    Ozark is awesome, but takes a few episodes to get into it.

  7. Briar says:

    My guess is there will be a limited period of…I don’t know what to call it…social euphoria? But in a matter of months, people will re-acclimate and go back to their baselines. What I’m taking away from this is I feel like I’ve really seen some people’s true selves. I’ve seen who steps up in a crisis and is more empathetic and who is more selfish, be it people in my personal and work life, business owners, politicians, whathaveyou. I’m just pocketing that information and will reference it for later decisions, like who I’ll bring closer, who I’ll keep at arm’s length, whose businesses I will patron, and who I will vote for.

    • Anners says:

      Yep. I’m keeping a mental list of businesses that took care of their people and those will be the businesses I will give my money to in the future. And I’m grateful to see the people in my life who are stepping up in big and small ways to make the world run a bit more smoothly for others. I’m lucky to be surrounded by such awesome peeps.

      I do hope we take this time out to respect nature a bit more and step up efforts to protect what we have.

  8. ME says:

    Nope. I think humans in general are a$$holes and will go right back to their crappy behavior as soon as they can. Some have become bigger a$$holes during this pandemic.

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  10. Laalaa says:

    We’ll keep saying – from now on, everything will be different – while still doing everything like we used to.

  11. Case says:

    Many lessons should come from this and many things should change forever, but won’t. Essential workers should get paid more. Everyone should have guaranteed healthcare and medical leave. Etc. But of course those things won’t happen in America, sadly.

    But until there’s a vaccine, some things will definitely be different for the foreseeable future. This is far from over, and a lot of these measures will have to stick around to keep people safe whether they like it or not.

  12. frenchtoast says:

    I started working out regularly during the quarantine and I hope I can continue when the quarantine stops. That’s it. I can’t control what other people do. I can only control my own life.