20 May 19
The Scottish Sun
WITH stunning looks, a string of hits and an £18million fortune sending her soaring up the annual Sunday Times Rich List, Rita Ora could have her pick of A-list suitors.
But after splitting from Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield in March, the pop superstar has broken her silence — and dealt admirers a hammer blow — by revealing she’s now off men for the foreseeable future.
Rita Ora says she’s focused on her career rather than love for now
Rita split from Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield in March
Chatting yesterday at the final dress rehearsals for her UK arena tour, which begins in Cardiff tonight, Rita tells me: “I’ve found it’s too difficult to date someone.
“But if it’s too difficult, that really confirms it’s just not the right time.
“I get linked with every man I’m seen out with. But to be really honest with you, right now a relationship isn’t my main priority.
“But I don’t want to leave it too late either, because I do want to have a massive family in the future.
The singer also denied rumours of a romance with Liam Payne, saying they are just ‘close friends’
“I know people have said there’s something with LIAM PAYNE — and he’s one of the best people I’ve ever met — but we’ve become such close friends.
“It’s unusual to see a guy and a girl as close friends and it’s unusual for two famous people to have a connection and not have to hook up.”
Rita’s enthusiasm for the celebrity lifestyle earned her a reputation as a party girl.
She has been pictured almost nightly leaving nightspots around the globe with famous pals.
But after almost ten years of hitting the town, she is finally vowing to cut down on the boozing.
Following a heavy weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, which she admits took its toll, Rita adds: “I used to be out every night and I loved it.
Rita admits she’s finally having to slow down her party lifestyle
“But it is finally catching up with me and I’m having to slow down.
“Now a hangover lasts a couple of days. It’s too much on top of all the travelling.
“I was in Cannes and it really, really hit me. It’s time to wind down.
“But I’m glad I look like I’m always out enjoying myself, I’m not embarrassed to say I love being a pop star.
Rita says she was left feeling hung over after days of partying in Cannes
“There are so many pop stars out there who hate being a pop star.”
Rita has branched out beyond singing. She has launched fashion ranges, cosmetics, a modelling career and won roles in major movies.
She says: “In the time I’ve been in the business, about ten years now, I’ve seen plenty of people come and go.
“For me, the most important thing is making this sustainable.
Rita has also launched a successful acting and modelling career
“I do love music, don’t get me wrong. I’m a musician and it’s how I got into this whole game.
“But I’ve always looked at myself as a businesswoman as well as an entertainer.”
As well as the ten UK dates, Rita will be heading to Europe and also Japan.
As we talk, she admits there have been teething problems at rehearsals.
Rita begins her UK arena tour in Cardiff on Wednesday night
During our chat, it turns out she has become a relentless perfectionist, citing BEYONCE as an inspiration after watching the US singer’s Netflix documentary about the build-up to her Coachella festival performance.
Rita explains: “I put so much pressure on myself.
“The statistics are great but I want my performances to be up to par with the music that I have been putting out.
“I will always find something to fix, even if everyone else is saying, ‘This is done’.
“It depends on how much time you want to put into your show. The Beyonce Netflix show is the real deal.
“It reveals what it takes to put a show together. When I watched that, I completely got it.”
Read on for more from Simon Boyle’s Bizarre column
RITA is a rags-to-riches wonder – after fleeing war-torn Kosovo in the Nineties, she is now riding high on the Sunday Times Rich List.
But having revisited her humble roots, with charity Unicef, the girl-done-good is now more appreciative of her fame and £18million fortune.
A young Rita poses with mum Vera and dad Besnik
Her parents Vera and Besnik escaped the troubles in Kosovo with a one-year-old Rita when the late Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic was persecuting ethnic Albanians like them.
She told me: “I went to my country with Unicef because I hadn’t been in a while – and I hadn’t been to those places I went to, that are worse than what I expected.
“I visited homes and went to see kids that don’t have any education – and young mothers.
“I went to see what Unicef do, and how, because some-times you never see the results really.
Rita poses with mum Vera Sahatcu in 2016 at VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’
“It was very emotional to see and know, it really brought me back down to, like, ‘You know what, I am so f****** blessed and so grateful to be able to come to the UK and make my dreams come true – and my parents’ dreams.”
[boxout headline=”Bizbit”]SHE is the star attraction of her tour, yet Rita says her huge team have worked tirelessly to put on a show to make her fans proud.
She said: “The production team, to the head of lighting, to the dancers are just as important as I am.”
The next stop for pal Cara
HINGS are running nicely for Rita’s BFF Cara Delevingne now she’s teamed up with Puma to launch a new trainer.
The style icon has modelled the sportswear firm’s NOVA Pastel Grunge footwear.
Rita’s BFF Cara Delevingne has teamed up with Puma to launch a new trainer
On the partnership, Rita – with Cara, above – said: “It’s about knowing what to do next and what makes you different.”
The pair have been best pals for years and it was thought their close friendship inspired Rita’s 2018 bisexual anthem, Girls.
Rita and Cara like to call each other ‘wifey’
But while Cara has previously denied the pair were involved, Rita reckons her closeness with Cara paved the way for change.
Rita said: “We started a trend. We were on fire then.”
When asked about this before, Rita admitted: “She’s officially mine.
“I’ve taken her off the market. We call each other ‘wifey’.”
It sounds like Cara’s girlfriend Ashley Benson is happy to share her.
[boxout headline=”Bizbit”]WORKING out hard to get fighting fit for her tour has left Rita in great shape. But she isn’t going to be cutting out her favourite treat while on the road. So what is the superstar’s guilty pleasure? I can confirm it’s plenty of Jaffa Cakes.
Backstage with Rita and Simon
SHE played Christian Grey’s younger sister Mia in the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise and landed a role in Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which is in cinemas now.
Rita poses with Bizarre’s Simon Boyle after the final dress rehearsal for her UK tour
And Rita isn’t finished with her foray into film just yet.
Even though she is stacked out with her tour and working on new music, Rita admitted she is keen to land another screen role and is just waiting for the perfect part to come along.
Rita said: “I want to do more films and keep doing a bunch more stuff, I just want to keep working.”
I’m sure she won’t be waiting too long before another director comes knocking
[boxout headline=”Bizbit”]RITA says social media has changed the music industry since she emerged in 2012.
She said: “It’s so in your face now, everyone is so, I won’t say they’re spoilt, but they’ve already seen a lot.
“The expectations are way higher.”
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Third album on the way
SHE managed to break free from Roc Nation in 2016 amid claims JAY Z’s record label had ignored her since the release of her chart-topping debut album, Ora.
But now Rita is working on her own terms, she plans to hit fans with as much new music as possible.
Rita was previously signed to Roc Nation, but broke free in 2016
During our exclusive chat, the singer – whose second album Phoenix came out in November – admitted she is preparing a third offering that could be released as soon as this year.
Rita said: “My label will probably kill me but I’m working on new music and I want to put out a new record at the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
“Everyone will be like, ‘What the f***,’ but I genuinely think we will do it.
“All the years I’ve been trying to put this album out, I need to keep flooding.
“Let the rivers flow because they have been blocked for so long.
“This album took so long for me to fight for to get it out, so now it’s out I just want to keep putting out as much music as I can.”
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