Rita Ora says it’s “essential” for women in the music industry to support each other.
The 31-year-old pop star – who was locked in a fierce legal battle with Jay-Z’s record label RocNation in 2015 that kept her from releasing music for several years – has opened up about the ageism to which female artists face in the world of music. and how important it is for women to work together to “change the narrative”.
Speaking of her support for fellow pop star and friend Bebe Rexha, 32, who was told she was “too big” to dress for the Grammys, the singer and actress told the March issue 2022 from ELLE Spain magazine – of which she is the cover star – that: “Being told what is appropriate and what is not is something that most women in the music industry have experienced , myself included. Time and experience have taught me how critical it is for women to support each other in the fight against issues like ageism. Our voices matter more than ever and we have the power to change the narrative.”
The ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ star – who is dating filmmaker Taika Waititi – also preached about the importance of remembering that you’re only ‘human’ when mistakes are made.
She said: “No matter who you are or what you do, we all tend to be hard on ourselves when we make mistakes. That’s why it’s so important to remember that we’re human, and everything. what we can do is learn from the past and move forward with a new perspective.”
Rita’s comments come after she issued an apology for breaking COVID-19 rules when she hosted a lavish birthday party in London in 2020.
The ‘For You’ singer – who broke the rules a second time after returning from a trip to Egypt – later issued an apology via social media and volunteered to pay the maximum fine of £10,000 for breaking the rules.
Rita wrote on Instagram at the time: “Hello everyone, I attended a small gathering with friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
“It was an impulsive decision made with the mistaken view that we were coming out of lockdown and it would be OK…
“I am deeply sorry for breaking the rules and I in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realize how much these actions were irresponsible and I take full responsibility for that.”
Meanwhile, Rita recently signed a deal with BMG, which gave her ownership of her masters.
The ‘Masked Singer’ panelist, who uses music as an ’emotional outlet’, revealed that she took ‘more risks’ on her upcoming third studio album.
She said of the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Phoenix’: “I would say that with this third album, I take more risks. Already, the EP ‘Bang’ was a great experience, because I worked with new people and developed other genres of sounds, so I’m continuing in that vein: taking a similar approach and pushing myself creatively.”
Rita says fans can expect an uplifting collection of songs that are a “true reflection” of her life “at that time”.
She added, “It’s about releasing music that’s honest and true to who I am. Every track I write and record is a reflection of me at that time. So if I’m successful, I have the feel like I’ve accomplished what I set Now I think we need a little joy, it’s been really hard That’s why I make up songs that make me feel good and happy and that inspires us all to laugh and celebrate life, which you dance go and go to.”