In an interview with Italian radio station RDS, pop star Dua Lipa explained how she uses Houdini in her new song:
"Houdini is an escape artist and I love the idea of using him as a metaphor for knowing your own worth, knowing when to stay in a situation, knowing what you deserve, and also when something doesn't go your way or something doesn't feel right, knowing when to leave or knowing when to go Houdini. And in this sense, I use Houdini as a verb as well."
Nice answer. But then the interview took a slightly embarrassing turn, which you can watch for yourself below:
Dua Lipa answers an RDS interviewer who mistakes the magician Houdini as a biblical character:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 11, 2023
“Well, I mean, Houdini was a real, real person.”
To be fair to the interviewer, English is not her first language, and I suspect she meant "epic." But thank you, Dua, for doing the Lord's work!
You can watch the full interview on UPROXX. Purchase "Houdini" on Amazon Music U.S. or Amazon Music UK. Watch the video on YouTube.