A new song of Rita Ora’s which was released last weekend called ‘Girls’ has come under fire.

The song, which also features Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha, and was intended to be a bisexual anthem, features the lyrics: “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls / Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” A line from Cardi B reads: “I could be your lipstick just for one night.”

Musicians including Kehlani, Hayley Kiyoko and DJ Kittens have criticised the song, with Kiyoko saying its message is “dangerous” and “tone-deaf.”





Now Ora has replied to the backlash on Twitter, apologising for the song and revealing she has had “romantic relationships” with both men and women.

She wrote that: “Girls was written to represent a 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 throughout 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.”

Ora added: “I’m ever thankful to my fans for teaching me 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.”


You can watch the lyrics video for ‘Girls’ here.