Rita Ora is ready for the world to know that she is bisexual. The singer made this announcement in her new single, ‘Girls’ which was released on Friday (May 11). Rita explained that in the past she has been with both men and women as she unveiled the track.
The song, which was originally written two years ago, came out now as Rita believed that the song would be incomplete without singers like Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha.
In an interview with People, Rita was asked if the song is related to her own sexuality. To this, the singer replied that she had always expected this question to come on the day when she released the song.
“I knew people were going to look into it like that. I definitely said it because I can – and it was one of those things where, if I was 50/50… I’m not saying I’m 70/30,” she told the magazine.
“I’m 50/50, and I’m not gonna hide it. I’m not hiding what I am, who I am if I wanna do this if I wanna do that. That’s just how it’s gonna be.” The singer then went on to add that the song was supposed to be a single until her friends heard it and wanted to be a part of it.
She recalled playing the song to Charli XCX who branded the song as ‘f***ing smash’ and added that she wanted to be a part of it. At the same time, Rita knew that the song needed a voice like Cardi and it is then that she decided to bring her on board.
The fourth artist who features on the song is Bebe who Rita has always wanted to work with. The singer added that she views the song as a ‘gender-fluid freedom record’ as she did not write it by keeping either a man or a woman in mind. For Rita, the song represents what one wants to be, without the fear of judgment and being able to live life on their own terms.
One of the main aim that the singer had while penning down the song was to ensure that the song sounded like an anthem and bring one a feeling of freedom when they listen to it. She admitted that while creating the song she had taken inspiration from Katy Perry’s ‘I Kissed A Girl’ because not only was the song fun, but it also managed to make an empowering statement.
Ok 2 things! My official new single Girls ft @iamcardib @beberexha @charli_xcx is out at MIDNIGHT! And I start my Sold OUT Girls Tour in Glasgow ALL at the same time!! I can’t wait to see you all, thank you to every single one of you who continues to support me and is coming to see a show!! Let’s go!! 💕💕💕#GirlsGirlsGirls
Rita continued that she had never been this open in any other song of hers. However, she admitted that it was ‘narrow-minded’ of people to think so because the song is much more than that.
It took a lot of time for the collaboration to become a reality because of the busy schedule of all the singers involved. However, all of them were adamant about making it come true and because of that the song became a reality.
Rita admitted that Cardi’s part in the track was completed just the day after this year’s Met Gala. Her part was put together in her hotel room in just half an hour. Ever since Rita has come out with her new single, new has received immense support and praise on social media.