'Speaking out on Gaza is for the greater good': Dua Lipa


Published: 2024-06-22 13:15

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 20:42

Dua Lipa (Photo: SiriusXM)
Dua Lipa (Photo: SiriusXM)

Pop star Dua Lipa stated she is prepared to face backlash over her political remarks, following her recent description of military actions in Gaza as an "Israeli genocide."

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In an interview with the Radio Times, Lipa emphasized that she carefully considers her statements but feels compelled to speak out when it serves the "greater good."

Lipa has 88 million Instagram followers, whom she recently shared with a graphic from the group Artists4Ceasefire stating, "Burning children alive can never be justified. The whole world is mobilizing to stop the Israeli genocide. Please show your solidarity with Gaza."

Lipa explained to Radio Times, "When I speak about things that are political, I double-, triple-check myself to be: ‘OK, this is about something that is way bigger than me, and it’s necessary – and that’s the only reason I’m posting it.’ That is my only solace in doing that."

Acknowledging the inevitable backlash, Lipa said she weighs the potential criticism against the importance of the issue.

"It’s always going to be met with a backlash and other people’s opinions, so it’s a big decision. I balance it out, because ultimately I feel it’s for the greater good, so I’m willing to [take that hit]," she said.

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Lipa, born in London to Kosovan-Albanian parents, suggested that her heritage influences her political engagement. "[Speaking up is] a natural inclination for me, given my background and heritage, and that my very existence is somewhat political – it’s not something that is out of the ordinary for me to be feeling close to," she explained.