Friday 25 May 2018

'If I were Becky with the good hair, wouldn't I actually have good hair?' - Rita Ora on Jay-Z affair rumours

Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Jay-Z and Rita Ora attend the Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch presented by MAC Viva Glam at Private Residence on January 25, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Jay Z and Rita Ora. Photo: Getty Images
Rita Ora stops by the Absolut Openhouse Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to Celebrate Acceptance with Fans, Featuring New Song, "Proud" on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Absolut)
Rita Ora arrives for the Echo Award at Messe Berlin on April 12, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Rita Ora performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
Beyonce and Jay-Z leave Rihanna's 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Rita Ora has tackled rumours of an affair with Jay-Z head on, saying she "gets emotional" thinking about her appreciation for Beyonce.

"Nobody can ever say anything wrong about that woman in front of me. I get emotional just talking about it," she told the Sunday Times.

After Beyonce released her Lemonade album in 2016, referencing Jay-Z's infidelity, she identified 'Becky with the good hair' as the woman who had an affair with her husband, but has never divulged who she was speaking about. When asked about the claims, Rita said: "If I were Becky with the good hair, wouldn't I actually have to have good hair? Look at it. It's all weave and extensions."

Rita, who is originally from Kosovo but moved to the UK as a child, was originally signed to Roc Nation, but criticised her treatment there, describing it as sexist.

Jay Z and Rita Ora. Photo: Getty Images
Jay Z and Rita Ora. Photo: Getty Images

"I want to find the right word here, and maybe this is my interpretation, but I do feel I got discriminated against because I was a woman," she said.

"I almost felt - maybe this is just my interpretation - I could have had a better chance if I’d been male."

While she's back on civil terms with JAY-Z, calling him "very cordial" when she bumped into him recently, she's now made her older sister Elena her business manager.

"To be honest, I’d always wanted to become a household name (not just a pop singer), that was my dream,” she explained. "My sister and I, we argue like crazy all the time, but we’re very proud of what we’ve done up to this point."

Rita Ora arrives for the Echo Award at Messe Berlin on April 12, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Rita Ora arrives for the Echo Award at Messe Berlin on April 12, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Beyonce and Jay-Z leave Rihanna's 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Beyonce and Jay-Z leave Rihanna's 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

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