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Ten Things About… Rita Ora.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora had an explosive 2012 – her debut record Ora hit the top spot in the album charts, she scored three number one singles, and she landed a role as a guest judge on The X Factor.

This year looks set to be just as big for the 22-year-old. She’s bagged herself a role in Fast & Furious 6, which will hit cinemas in May, and with a second album in the pipeline, Ora shows no signs of slowing down or going off the radar. Especially if she continues to rub people up the wrong way as she did last month with her thinly veiled digs about Jade Ewen and Eurovision.

With her statement style and oh-so-trendy friends (we’re looking at you, Cara Delevingne), Ora has secured her position as fashionista, girl-about-town and pop superstar all rolled in to one.

We’ve delved into the world of Rita Ora to bring you ten things you may not have known about Jay-Z’s red-lipped protégé.

1. Rita Sahatçiu Ora was born in Kosovo on November 26, 1990 and moved to West London with her family at the age of 1. Her mum’s a psychiatrist and her dad owns a pub where she frequently gigged as she was growing up. She is extremely close to her big sister Elena who travels with her as her PA.

2. As an ex-student of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Ora joins the long list of notable alumni including Amy Winehouse, Emma Bunton and er… Dean Gaffney. She was even in the same class as Vanessa White from The Saturdays. Ora has previously admitted she sometimes struggled to stick to the rules while she was at school.

3. Although we know her best for her catchy party tunes, Ora has also dabbled in the world of acting. In 2004 she played the part of a young Albanian girl called Rosanna in British Crime flick Spivs. Scenes from the film show a fresh-faced, dark-haired Rita before she discovered bottles of bleach and lashings of bright red lippy.


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4. In 2009, Rita auditioned in front of Andrew Lloyd Webber to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Deciding it wasn’t for her, she walked out of the audition before even finding out whether she had been successful. Rita recently stated that she had no regrets, saying that if she had done Eurovision her “career would be over”. Her comments prompted retaliation from eventual winner Sugababe Jade Ewen, who hit back saying that “some manage to sleep their way to success”. Miaow! Claws away ladies!

5. Signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label by the big man himself when she was just 17, Ora is in good company and has schmoozed with the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Are you jealous yet? If not, we can carry on…The-Dream, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Drake…

6. For single ‘Shine Ya Light’ Ora went back to her roots and filmed the video in Pristina, Kosovo. Despite moving to the UK when she was still a baby, Ora has a huge fanbase in her birthtown and says that the immense attention and support from the public when she was filming the video made her feel “like Princess Diana”.


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7. Speaking of royalty, Ora fancies the title of Princess Rita and has previously spoken of her wish to join the royal family. When asked what rumour she’d like to spread about herself, she told Sugarscape: I’d probably say that I’m getting married to Prince Harry because then maybe it would actually happen. I really love Harry. Harry for king!” Get to the back of the queue, Rita!

8. Pop power couple alert! Before they both hit the big time and became huge stars, Ora dated pop crooner Bruno Mars. They met in 2009 when she was just 18 but ended things in 2011 when their respective careers took off and work got in the way. Ora has admitted she was smitten, gushing: “It was love at first sight.”

9. Ora has such an impressive array of tattoos that it’s tricky to keep track, but at the last count she had around 15. As well as the words ‘Hope’, ‘Love’ and ‘Promise’ in between her fingers, she also has a portrait of Aphrodite, an anchor, several quotes and her sister’s name (awww!).

10. Ever wondered what Rita Ora smells like? Well wonder no more, her signature scent is Chanel Chance. Phew, that’s that burning question answered! We can all go back to sleeping at night now.


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