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We didn't see this coming! X Factor judge Rita Ora 'dating Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker'

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Published 01/10/2015 | 09:41

Rita Ora (left) and Travis Barker (right)
Rita Ora (left) and Travis Barker (right)
Recording artist Rita Ora arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards
This year's X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell (Syco/Thames TV/PA)
Alabama Barker, musician Travis Barker, and Landon Barker attend WWE & E! Entertainment's 'SuperStars For Hope' at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Rita Ora and ex Calvin Harris

Rita Ora and Travis Barker have reportedly become inseparable after dating for just over one week.

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The 24-year-old songstress recently broke up with Tommy Hilfiger’s son Ricky, with the pair having called it quits in July following a relationship that lasted over a year.

And it seems Rita has now moved on with Blink-182 rocker Travis, as it’s claimed they have spent an enormous amount of time with each other after initially meeting during the Power 106 All-Star Game in Los Angeles on 20 September.

“Rita sought him out and gave him her info,” an insider told Us Weekly magazine. “They have been together every day since.”

Recording artist Rita Ora arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards
Recording artist Rita Ora arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards

It’s claimed the musicians are impressed with each other’s creative minds.

“He’s really into her,” the source noted. “He likes interesting women and she’s beautiful.”

Travis has had a few failed relationships in the past, as he was divorced twice. His last marriage with Miss USA Shanna Moakler lasted for four years until the divorce was finalised in 2008. He shares two children with Shanna, including son Landon, 11, and daughter Alabama, nine.

Before her relationship with Ricky, Rita was in a serious romance with Calvin Harris.

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Rita recently revealed during an interview with Perez Hilton in August she has a penchant for all things punk rock, which could explain why she and Travis have so much in common.

Alabama Barker, musician Travis Barker, and Landon Barker attend WWE & E! Entertainment's 'SuperStars For Hope' at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
Alabama Barker, musician Travis Barker, and Landon Barker attend WWE & E! Entertainment's 'SuperStars For Hope' at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

As a youth she was most inspired by The Clash and The Sex Pistols, even though some fans may have never guessed this to be true.

“Growing up I never really listened to one specific genre,” she explained to Perez Hilton. “I was really involved actually surprisingly enough in my love for punk music and that really graduated to even the style references you know and kind of really focusing on a culture more than anything because for me music is a specific type of culture.”

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