Rita Ora Comes Out As Bi After Backlash

Singer Rita Ora came out as bisexual in the week following the backlash to the lyrics of her song 'Girls' which many felt catered towards a male audience.

Singer Rita Ora

It hasn’t been a good week for Rita Ora. It began with the release of her song, ‘Girls’, which she referred to as a bisexual anthem. Queer musicians such as Hayley Kiyoko had a number of problems with the lyrics, feeling it actually did a disservice to the bisexual community rather than celebrating it.

In a Twitter post, she stated “Every so often there comes certain songs with messaging that is downright tone-deaf, which does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community. A song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.”

This was just the beginning of the backlash. In response, Rita Ora made a public statement on social media saying she herself was bisexual.

It read, “Hello everyone reading this. ‘Girls’ was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey. I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone. I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.”

She continued, “Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I’m learning to feel about who I am. I’m ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself no matter what. I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be.”

While that may have cleared the air a little, the press then pounced on a series of tweets she posted when she was 18 years-old regarding the film ‘Bruno’ where Sacha Baron Cohen played a camp fashion journalist. They read, “Bruno was crazy! It’s too much I swear! I never thought someone could be sooo homo!” That tweet was followed with another stating, “Bruno is too Homo! Borat is better”.

The posts have since been deleted.

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