September 14, 2016


Rita Ora: 'Becky With the Good Hair' Rumors Were 'Disrespectful'

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Beyoncé released a whole album's worth of marital strife and redemption in April, producing the popular and meme-ified lyric, "Better call Becky with the good hair," on the song "Sorry." It suggested that her husband, Jay Z, cheated on her with a Becky, and people were eager to find out exactly who she was.

Along with designer Rachel Roy, Rita Ora neared the top of the list of scandalous suspects because Jay Z had signed the "Body on Me" singer to Roc Nation and given her a major-label break. Ora played into the rumor that she was "the other woman" when she posted an Instagram shortly after Lemonade's release of her wearing a lemon-decaled bra. But in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Ora is saying those rumors were nonsense.

"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 told the mag, adding that she still looks up to music's power couple.

"Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols—lyrically, musically, business-wise," she said. "I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyoncé was one of my biggest idols growing up."

At the height of the drama, Rita Ora wore a "Not Becky" pin at the Met Gala, where Beyoncé made an appearance without Jay Z. Katy Perry was also spotted wearing that pin at the same event. Ora has an explanation for that too.

"That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry," she said. "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."

While Ora was on the topic of public breakups, Vanity Fair asked about her infamous split with producer Calvin Harris, who blocked her from performing the music he wrote for her. Here's what she says about that:

"He’s very talented. . . . I have had 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."

Watch our 2012 interview with Ora, in which she gushes with love for Jay Z: