Pop star, Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship by the country’s president, Bajram Begaj: “She has made us proud.”
On Sunday (November 27), Dua Lipa was given “the decree of Albanian citizenship” by President Bajram Begaj, for promoting Albania through her global success and involvement in a number of social causes.
Taking to Twitter to commemorate the occasion, the President of Albania wrote: “Happy to give the one and only Dua Lipa the decree of Albanian citizenship. She has made us proud with her global career and engagement in important social causes.”
— Bajram Begaj (@BajramBegajAL) November 27, 2022
Dua Lipa, whose parents are Albanian immigrants, reflected on the experience of being granted citizenship to the Associated Press: “It is an indescribable great joy with such acceptance, love and everything. I will be Albanian with papers too.”
Hailing from the UK, Lipa was born to immigrant parents from Kosovo, which is why her first language was Albanian. At the age of 11, Lipa’s parents decided to return to their homeland, along with their daughter.
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) November 27, 2022
Discussing that migration period with NPR earlier this year, Lipa said, “It took me a really long time to find my feet there. It’s interesting going into that at 11 years old, but I think I wouldn’t change it for the world because it really helped me become who I am.”
Taking to Twitter with a celebratory post of her own, Dua Lipa stated: “Thank you President Bajram Begaj and Mayor @erionveliaj for this honour ~ got my Albanian citizenship!! ~ faleminderit, po ndihem shume krenare.”