RITA ORA revealed she has had "romantic relationships" with women as well as men, in a bid to play down a storm of criticism from LGBT musicians about the lyrics to her latest song. She added that the song represented her truth and an honest moment from her past. "I personally myself had experiences with other woman, shiieeett with a lot of woman!"
"I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song hurt anyone".
Writing on her Twitter page on Tuesday (15 May), she wrote: "We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song". I'm ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself to matter what.
She finished off her Tweet by saying that she has "strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community" throughout her entire career.
We told you last week about the just released Rita Ora single "Girls", featuring Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha, which is not only a total dancefloor banger but also celebrates the wondrousness of girl-on-girl makeouts. Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko were two people that were outspoken about how the song made them feel.
Kiyoko tweeted that the song did 'more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community. "I though the song was a good song and i remember my experience", she wrote. She's gotten this message across through songs like "Girls Like Girls" and "Sleepover" - and especially through their accompanying videos. "A song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women".
"Girls", released May 11, has lyrics like, "Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls / Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls". & have met them all and respect them.
Rita's backlash comes after the singer touched on her romantic experiences with men and women.
In support of her upcoming album, the Anywhere singer is now on her third concert tour Girls, which she kicked off in Glasgow last week. Now, Bardi's has chimed in on the conversation and explained her intentions with the song.