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Rita Ora reveals she hit rock bottom after backlash over song Girls

Rita Ora reveals she hit rock bottom after backlash over song Girls

Rita Ora in the video for Girls.

Bisexual singer Rita Ora has revealed she hit rock bottom when the LGBTI community attacked her song Girls.

The British artist released the controversial song about bisexuality with Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX in May 2018.

Ora also announced she was attracted by both genders at the time, leading some in the industry to criticize her coming out as a commercial stunt.

Lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko was among Ora’s harshest detractors. Kiyoko particularly criticized the chorus of the song, hinting at needing to drink in order to kiss girls.

The lyrics read ‘Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls’.

Kiyoko said: ‘I don’t need to drink wine to kiss girls, I’ve loved women my entire life.’

‘This type of message is dangerous because it completely belittles and invalidates the very pure feelings of an entire community,’ she also added.

Girls represents Rita Ora’s truth

Ora revealed the toughest moment in the last two years of her career was just when she released the song.

‘When I was younger I was very experimental – in my late teens, early 20s – so I wanted to make a song about girls who may have been confused about who they are,’ Ora said in an interview with The Mirror.

‘But when it came out I think people looked at it, because they didn’t know about my experience, like I was using the culture – which was understandable.’

‘I never looked at it like that because I knew I’d experienced it. But I forgot that nobody else knew that.’

‘It wasn’t just me that got the shit for it but it was my song – so I felt like it was my responsibility to make sure the message was clear.’

‘I guess some girls in the industry didn’t find it supportive. But I definitely didn’t mean one bad intention. The fact I survived that made me so happy, because it was pretty dark. It’s like making a baby, putting it out in the world then it getting brutally attacked.’

Watch the video for Girls below:

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