Rita Ora Talks Beyonce, Jay Z, Calvin Harris, And Prince In Candid New Interview
Rita Ora is finally opening about Beyonce’s infamous Lemonade album, in which she called out the “Becky with the good hair” from the track “Sorry.” Rita was one of the many famous women who was accused of being “Becky with the good hair,” and now she’s addressing those rumors in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
The 25-year-old told the publication that she is not out to ruin Beyonce and Jay Z’s marriage. She’s being inspired by both of them ever since she was younger, reports Entertainment Tonight.
“First and foremost, Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols – lyrically, musically, business-wise. I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyonce was one of my biggest idols growing up.”
The British pop star caused controversy when she posted a Snapchat photo of herself wearing a lemonade-emblazoned bra just a few days before Lemonade‘s debut. But Ora’s fans made the photo circulate on social media, leading some to wonder if she was the other woman in Beyonce and Jay Z’s marriage. Then, she stepped out wearing the same Versace dress that Beyonce wore in her music video for “Formation.” Ora later wore a “Not Becky” pin at the Met Gala afterparty in May, where she also posed for a photo alongside Queen Bey.
“That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry. Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others. As for the rest of it, I’m oblivious, I’m just not the gossip queen. I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful to women in general [when] we get accused of something that’s basically against the important part – the music.”
As for her own personal relationships, Ora has publicly dated Rob Kardashian, Calvin Harris, and Travis Barker. She admits that she has dated a “few dramas.” Ora also opened up about her feud with Harris when he banned her from performing their song “I Will Never Let You Down” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
“He’s very talented. I have a few dramas, haven’t I? I think in general I’ve learned my lesson to not talk about relationships and gossip because I’ve been at the center of it a few times and it’s not worth it. And I have been heartbroken … just once. Love is so great, but it also can be the most dangerous thing on planet earth. People do crazy things when it comes to jealousy and love.”
In the meantime, Ora is focused on her career. She wrapped up filming Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. She’s also working on her clothing line and new album along with her judge stints on The X Factor U.K. and America’s Next Top Model. In the candid interview, Ora opened up about her friendship with Prince, who died back in April from an accidental overdose. She was taken under his wing when she dipped her toe into music in the mid-2000s.
“He called my manager when he was in London around four or five years ago, and he said he wanted to meet me. I wouldn’t have been as nervous if it had been a royal prince, but Prince. He was one of my best friends, he literally became my guardian angel. I went to Paisley Park for about two weeks, my sister came, I recorded about four tracks there…He just had my back. He was the best person to get advice from. I still find myself looking at the e-mails he sent to me.”
Ora is not the type to create a little controversy. In her new photo shoot for Vogue Italia, reports the Daily Mail, she’s seen rocking a retro-inspired hairstyle as she poses in a variety of black outfits that make her look like the femme fatale of her own film noir.
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