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Dua Lipa on leaving social media to protect her "mental health"

Dua Lipa says "online criticism" made her even more "nervous" about releasing her second album.

The 24-year-old pop star - who released Future Nostalgia earlier this week -  has opened up about why she had to quit social media to protect her mental health and how negative comments prevented her from "being proud" of her "achievements". 

Speaking in an interview with British newspaper, The Sunday Times, she said:

“Online criticism can make you feel like you’re not good enough, so I was nervous. It felt like a breeding ground for hate and stopped me being proud of my achievements.

“Instead of feeling something was amazing, it made me feel I wasn’t worth it.

The Grammy-winner admitted it's "a massive shame" she is no longer on social media and has called on the owners of apps like Twitter and Instagram to make them a "safer space".

She said: “It’s a massive shame.

“But we have to protect our mental health. I wish social media companies could make it a safer space. It’s just become unkind”.

The 'Break My Heart' singer also admitted that perhaps it would be best for her fans to come off social media. She added: “Maybe [they should] take a step back from social media themselves. 

"Even when it wasn’t at the height of negativity, my advice to fans feeling anxiety was to take a step back. I guess I had to take that on myself a little bit.”

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