Rita Ora is a British actress, singer, and songwriter whose rise to fame was triggered by her appearance in the music video of DJ Fresh’s Hot Right Now; a single that peaked at number one in the UK chart. In August of 2012, the singer debuted a studio album, Ora, which went on to make her the artist with the most No. 1 singles in the UK Single Chart in 2012. The two singles from her first album that made it to the top are R.I.P and How We Do (Party). Also, a couple of singles from her second album made it to the UK top ten in 2017.
With her mounting popularity and millions of fans tailing her on social media, endorsements were inevitable. Notably, Adidas announced a designer collaboration with Ora for their brand Adidas Originals in January 2014.
What We Know About The Family and Ethnicity of The Singer
Rita Sahatçiu Ora was born in Pristina, Kosovo on November 26, 1990, as the second child of her parents’ three children. She has an older sister named Elena and a younger brother called Don. Her surname is said to be derived from the Turkish word “saatçi”, meaning “watchmaker” but her family decided to make it easier to pronounce by adding Ora. She grew up in Notting Hill, in West London where she had her early education.
As for her ethnicity, Rita Ora had disclosed in one of her interviews that she is 100 percent Kosovo. The celeb singer is an Albanian by birth.
Ora was raised by her Albanian parents Vera and Besnik Sahatçiu along with her siblings in the UK. Her father is an economist and owns a licensed public house while her mother earns a living as a psychiatrist. The family relocated to West London from Kosovo during the political persecution of Albanians; Rita Ora was only a year old then.
Her older sister Elena is a part of Ora’s career management team. From what we gathered about Elena, she was born on October 20, 1988. She began working as her sister’s manager when she was 18 and has been by her side since then, pushing the singer to greater accomplishments. Elena is now the creative director of Red Ora and Ora LTD.
Works that Earned Rita Ora Worldwide Recognition
Rita Ora began her singing career by featuring in music videos and as a backing vocalist to artists like James Morrison. When she eventually signed on with the American label Roc Nation in 2008, they discouraged her from releasing her already recorded album, but the singer never gave up. Ora began to work on other materials and by 2011, she opened a YouTube channel where she released covers and videos of her working on her debut album.
This caught the attention of DJ Fresh who was looking for a female vocalist for his song, Hot Right Now. It became a breakout song for Ora as the single, released on the 12th of February 2012 was a massive success, debuting at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.
She matched the success with the release of her debut album titled Ora on August 27, 2012. Two singles from the album – R.I.P. and How We Do (Party) – peaked at number one in the UK and Ireland. The album released in Europe and Oceania made it to the top 10 of the UK album chart. Ora received three nominations at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards: Best UK/Ireland Act, Push Artist, and Best New Artist.
The singer recorded her fourth consecutive UK top ten single in 2012 with the release of Shine Ya Light which peaked at number ten.
How She Sustained Her Relevance In The Industry
The success of Rita Ora’s debut studio album took her to places. On June 28, 2013, she performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. This was followed by more performances at the 2014 telecast of Christmas in Washington and Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015.
After she gained her freedom from Roc Nation through a lawsuit in 2015, Rita Ora moved on to Atlantic Records and in 2017, she released Your Song, a single that peaked at No. 7 and served as the lead single from Rita Ora’s second studio album. The singer’s next top-ten song in the UK was her second single Anywhere, which peaked at #2. In 2018, she collaborated with English singer Liam Payne to release For You, the soundtrack of the movie Fifty Shades Freed, in which she was a co-star.
On the 18th of September 2018, the famed singer announced that the title of her second studio album is Phoenix and its release date on the 23rd of November that same year. A couple of days to the date, Rita Ora dropped the album’s fourth single titled Let You Love Me. She followed up by announcing tour dates for the album; the tour which commenced on the 1st of March and terminated on the 29th of May 2019, took her through Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
Rita Ora Has a Long List of Exes
Though she appears to be single at the moment, Rita Ora has dated quite a good number of men, according to reliable sources, most of them are part of the entertainment industry.
Rafferty Law (Late 2019 to Early 2020)
Rita Ora met Rafferty Law on the set of Oliver! remake, Twist, towards the end of 2019. According to what Rafferty told The Evening Standard, he forged a connection with Ora straight away as evidenced by the countless pictures that have emerged from the production.
However, their dalliance lasted barely three months before it fizzled out in early 2020, perhaps it was the wild age gap of six years between them with Ora as the older that saw to its end. Raff has since returned to London alone and Rita is in LA recuperating from having her tonsils taken out.
Andrew Garfield (November 2018 to Early 2019)
One of Rita Ora’s most recent brush with romance was with The Amazing Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield. It was in November 2018 that their names were first linked romantically, but from what is perceivable, their relationship couldn’t stand the test of time and reportedly fizzled out in early 2019. Andrew called it quits with Ora because he desires to live a more private life, said The Sun, and even though their split was amicable, Rita was upset about their separation.
Andrew Watt (November 2016 to October 2018)
Before Andrew Garfield came into her life, Rita Ora was an item with Andrew Watt, a musician. Their dalliance lasted for a while from November 2016 to October 2018. The lovebirds became Instagram official in December 2017 after they were spotted together several times the previous year. It was Rita who revealed their split during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Ricky Hil (2014 to 2015)
Between 2014 and 2015, Your Song crooner was an item with Tommy Hilfiger’s son Ricky Hill. Rita Ora and Rick confirmed their love in the summer of 2014, following their meeting at a house party thrown by mutual friends. Six months down the line, the hitmaker had reportedly started living with Ricky at her North London home; they were together till their dalliance hit the rocks in 2015.
Calvin Harris (April 2013 to June 2014)
From April 2013 to June 2014, the famed singer had Calvin Harris in her life. Their eventual split was riddled with public drama. However, Calvin earned a compliment from the vocalist four years later. When asked on the Jonathan Ross show whether she would pick a French, a Scottish, or an Italian guy on a blind date, Rita Ora’s answer was: “I have dated a Scott before and I had the best time ever with him.”
Rob Kardashian (November 2011 to December 2012)
Rita Ora’s list of exes includes a member of the famous Kardashian clan. Rob Kardashian came on the scene in 2011 and stayed on till 2012, however, the couple have disagreed on whether what they had was a relationship in the true sense of it. Rita told an Australian magazine that she never got to regard Rob as a lover.
Bruno Mars (February 2009 to February 2011)
Rita Ora’s relationship with Bruno Mars happened before either became famous. Speaking about the Uptown Funk singer in 2011, the popular vocalist related that it was love at first sight for her and that she was only 18 when they started dating. They were happy when they were together and have remained close since they parted ways.