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Dua Lipa Granted Albanian Citizenship as Country’s President Says She’s Made Them ‘Proud’

Dua Lipa Granted Albanian Citizenship as Country’s President Says She’s Made Them ‘Proud’ – Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship for elevating the country’s profile abroad. President Bajram Begaj of Albania stated that Lipa, the daughter of Albanian immigrants, has made the country proud. The 27-year-old British “Levitating” singer was granted Albanian citizenship on Sunday, just ahead of the country’s 110th independence day.

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Lipa tweeted the news and thanked President Bajram Begaj and Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj “for this honor.” In addition, she uploaded a series of images displaying her official documents. “Happy to give the one and only @DUALIPA the decree of Albanian citizenship,” Begaj wrote on Twitter. “She has made us proud with her global career and engagement in important social causes.” 

On Monday, Lipa posted a series of images of herself posing with the Albanian flag and expressed her excitement for the final performance of her Future Nostalgia tour, which will take place in Tirana on Monday evening. The three-time Grammy Award winner was born in London in 1995 to Kosovo Albanian parents who had relocated from Pristina three years prior. “Everything was Albanian at home, and English was my school life,” Lipa told Vanity Fair in 2021.

“I had so much family in Kosovo, but also because of the situation and not being able to go back, I had never really met my family.” When Lipa was 11, her family moved back to Pristina, where she said she “almost already felt I belonged.” Though the star moved back to London on her own at age 15 to pursue a music career, she told Vanity Fair: “I feel like my life will always be between two places.”


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