Tuesday 22 May 2018

Rita Ora apologises for song lyrics amid criticism from LGBT musicians

Ora’s song Girls has been accused of attempting to exploit bisexuality.

Rita Ora has apologised for her new song, Girls, which has been accused of exploiting bisexuality (PA)
Rita Ora has apologised for her new song, Girls, which has been accused of exploiting bisexuality (PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Rita Ora revealed she has had “romantic relationships” with both men and women as she apologised for the lyrics of her latest single in the wake of criticism from LGBT musicians.

Ora, 27, released Girls last week but faced accusations the track was attempting to exploit bisexuality.

Singers including Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko criticised the song, with Kiyoko saying its message was “dangerous”.

Now Ora has replied to the backlash on Twitter, apologising for the song and revealing she has had “romantic relationships” with women.

She said: “Hello everyone reading this. Girls was written to represent a 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. 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.”

Ora added: “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.”

Ora previously told People magazine she wanted the song, which also features Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha, to be a bisexual anthem.

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