Katy Perry interviewed Dua Lipa for V Magazine’s V113 The Music Issue.

KP Yes, you like to be respected, darling. Sometimes it’s hard for people to manage the idea that you’re incredibly intelligent, as well as being drop-dead gorgeous. There’s real navigation in the beginning of your career, as far as trusting your intuition, figuring out who you can trust and what their motives are towards you. How would you define yourself spiritually?

DL More often than not, I feel quite grounded. I’m very close to the people I work with, and they’re honest with me. But sometimes, life gets really confusing, especially when people you don’t know at all have such opinions on your personal life. I’m in a weird part of my career where it’s such a learning curve. It’s a crazy transition, and it’s happening so fast. I’m coming to grips with that. In personal relationships, you’re already going through shit on your own; doing that in front of the public makes it a lot harder. With work, because everything’s so crazy and busy, I feel like I should have a bit more time to rehearse, but I also want to be able to do everything at once. I want to be able to seize the moment, but do it all really well. I feel conflicted.

KP I think you’re learning, and it’s beautiful that your intention is to want to do everything to the best of your ability. People will see that. Even if it’s not perfect every single time, they’ll see that your heart is in it. They’ll trust that you’re not just trying to take advantage of anyone’s eyes and ears, that you really want to contribute something beautiful artistically. I still find myself, even 10 years later, constantly with the same feeling. There are not enough hours in the world to rehearse, to do this; especially when I’m putting out a record. It’s a blessing and it’s a curse, but everything in life has a positive and a negative. When you just embrace that, you’re not so hard on yourself. I see you as a real talent. Last year, I think two stars really started to shine bright: you and Cardi B. People are just getting to know and trust you; it’s going to take a little bit more time. I think you’re almost there, where you can start to answer “no” every once in a while.

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