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TBH: A pandemic is no match for the existential crisis of turning 30 - just ask Rita Ora

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Ciara O'Connor

Ciara O'Connor

Ciara O'Connor

Rita Ora has basically made a career out of baffling people - according to science, about half of all articles about Rita Ora are actually about why Rita Ora is a person people write articles about at all. Rita Ora, towering over London in leering CGI; Rita Ora, one degree from Kevin Bacon; Rita Ora, actually Caucasian; yes, it's difficult to understand Rita Ora.

Rita Ora, dropping a few K at the last minute to have an illegal 30th birthday during a global pandemic. This tipped people over the edge, worldwide. Who, exactly, does she think she is? How did she think she was going to get away with it? Rita, on sordid CCTV, fur and crop top lit by streetlights for her big three-zero - a particular flavour of loopy. But I'm fairly sure I know what happened here. A pandemic might make you feel mad, lockdowns might make you lash out - but none of it matches the sheer existential nightmare of turning 30. Shortly before her birthday, still an innocent 29, Rita reflected on her 20s: "You have to learn, and, of course, you make mistakes. I think I now look back at my 20s as a lesson." She said she was looking forward to celebrating with just her parents. I truly believe she believed herself.


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