How Houdini freed Dua Lipa

What happens when social media messes up with our confidence and self-esteem? Dua Lipa shares how she sets healthy boundaries


Dua Lipa, is back! Singer of Dance the night away in the recent Barbie movie, posted a picture of herself with red hair indicating her return. Dua had deleted all of her Instagram posts in October but now she is back with her latest single Houdini, signifying a new professional and personal beginning.

Houdini was touted one of the greatest escape artist at the turn of the century .

In an interview with WECB, Dua Lipa explains the meaning of the song.

“ the deeper meaning of the song is about knowing your worth, knowing when to stay and when to go, when to do, like ‘Houdini’.” “I think it’s also about knowing yourself, understanding yourself, knowing what’s good for you at that moment.

Dua Lipa has struggled with anxiety for quite a while and being in the spotlight constantly doesn’t help.

Image taken from Instagram: @dualipa


Bullying, the roots of her anxiety disorder

“I experienced bullying at the end of my first record. It was definitely something that gave me anxiety and made me feel like I wasn’t good enough and made me feel like, maybe I’m not meant to be here and on the stage,” Dua shared with Attitude magazine.

Bullying can evoke feelings of shame, isolation, sadness, and self-doubt, and often something that is often difficult to admit these feelings let alone tell someone about them.

However, support is always around you. You don’t have to go through stressful times alone.

If you are facing bullying, tell a trusted adult or your teachers about the incident. Do not keep it to yourself!

Image taken from Instagram: @dualipa



“I would get anxiety,” Dua Lipa shared with British Vogue about scrolling through her feed. “And I was like, ‘This shouldn’t be the way that I’m experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime experience.’ It was messing with my confidence. I’d be super nervous, wondering what everyone’s gonna say.”

We don’t need to be a celebrity to know how social media can either make or break one’s self-esteem. And it doesn’t make it any better when it feels as if you are missing out on a lifetime of updates from friends when you spend some time away from social media.


Image taken from Instagram: @dualipao 


How to escape from the social media trap?

Unbridled social media dependency can really be an emotional entanglement. How much power you give to your social media account depends on the boundaries that you set for yourself in the social media space.  Decide what your social media is for. More importantly define for yourself who you really are without all the likes and followers. Self-awareness and self-acceptance is the best defense if you are prone to the social media trap.

So do it like Dua Lipa, know yourself, know your self-worth and break-free like Houdini.


Read more on how to be happy like Dua:

Love yourself

They say laughter is the best medicine

What you should do if you are being cyberbuilled

Gif taken from tumblr: @dua-source

Image taken from Instagram: @dualipa

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