Dua Lipa is not a pseudonym, it is her real name. Dua means “love” in Albanian, which gives away her roots. Dua’s parents are Albanian and lived in Kosovo until the 90’s. Kosovo struggled with violence and oppression back then, so the Lipa family fled to the UK and Dua was born in London. When she was 11 they moved back to Kosovo, because it had become independent. But Dua didn’t feel like she could chase her dreams there and moved back to London. All by herself. Imagine that: living on your own at 15. I wasn’t even able to do all my homework at that age… She had to go to school, take care of her household and work for her musical ambitions all at the same time.