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Rita Ora comes out in apology following backlash to new "bi-anthem" Girls

The singer admitted she has had relationships with both men and women

2018-05-14

Rita Ora has come out after issuing an apology following the backlash to her bisexual anthem Girls.

The single, released last week features Ora, Cardi B, Charli XCX and Bebe Rexha referencing their sexual fantasies as well as the lines: “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls” and “I’m open-minded… I’m 50/50, and I’m never gonna hide it.”. 

However, a number of LGBT+ musicians criticised the song with Hayley Kiyoko claiming the song song "does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community".

But now Ora has taken to social media to apologise for how she expressed herself in the new single and admitted she has had previous relationships with both men and women.

She wrote: “Hello everyone reading this. Girls was written to represent my 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 through 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.

“I’m ever thankful to my fans for teaching my 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.

Love, Rita.”