Dua Lipa has revealed that she often gets accused of “hating” men, describing such accusations as “a total misconception”.
“I wanted it to be about the rules you would tell your girlfriends,” Dua said of the track. “I think sisterhood is really important. It’s really important to take care of the girls around you and keep your friends close.”
Explaining the meaning behind the song, Lipa added: “It can be [about] someone weighing you down, if the situation is someone who’s really cramping your mood or making you feel bad… It just really depends on if that person is really toxic. One thing you’re really responsible for is the energy you surround yourself with.”
“A lot of men come up to me and say, ‘You really hate men, don’t you?’,” she went on to reveal, saying: “That’s a total misconception”.
“Some of the songs are unfiltered, and I don’t hold back,” Dua continued. “I think gender norms are definitely a massive rule that should be broken.”
Lipa also suggested an extra “rule” that could be added to the ‘New Rules’ lyrics: “Quite frankly, block them on social media.”
“For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know?” she told GQ. “For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured.”