Rita Ora admits she’s had her fair share of drama.
The 25-year-old singer opens up in a new interview with Vanity Fair, where she dishes on past relationships, Jay Z and Beyoncé, and all things “Becky,” saying she finds accusations that she had an affair with Jay Z “rude” and “disrespectful.”
“First and foremost, Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols — lyrically, musically, business-wise,” says Ora, who recently left Jay Z’s Roc Nation label for Atlantic Records. “I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyoncé was one of my biggest idols growing up.”
Regardless of her relationship with Beyoncé — or perhaps because of it — Ora quickly became a part of the “Sorry” singer’s “Becky with the good hair” drama. Fans first speculated that Ora might be “Becky,” the woman Beyoncé seemingly accuses of sleeping with her husband in the “Lemonade” track, after Ora sported lemon-printed lingerie on Snapchat, and stepped out wearing a “Not Becky” pin at a Met Ball after-party.
“That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry,” she explains. “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,” she adds.
As for her own relationships — the new “America’s Next Top Model” host has publicly dated Rob Kardashian, Calvin Harris, and possibly Travis Barker — Ora admits to having a “few dramas.”
“He’s very talented,” she says of Harris, who at one point wouldn’t let her perform “I Will Never Let You Down,” the song he wrote for her.
“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,” she shares. “And I’ve been heartbroken… just once.”
“Love is so great, but it also can be the most dangerous thing on the planet,” the “Fifty Shades of Grey” actress elaborates, seemingly speaking of Harris. “People do crazy things when it comes to jealousy and love.”
But one relationship she doesn’t mind talking about is her friendship with Prince.
“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,” she says of the singer, who died in April after an accidental overdose. “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,” she recalls. “He was the best person to get advice from. I still find myself looking at the e-mails he sent to me.”