Rita Ora Responds To ‘Girls’ Criticism By Reaffirming Her Own Sexuality

Rita Ora has responded to criticism that her new track Girls references lesbian and bisexual themes in a problematic way, apologising for any offence caused and affirming her own attraction to women.

The singer, who joins Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha, and Cardi B on the bouncy pop tune, told her Twitter following that “Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life.”

She said the track came after her own relationships with women, and that it was never her intention to exploit the LGBTQ+ community by co-opting queer themes for the song.

“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,” she said.

Her statement comes after artists including Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko criticised Girls for its lyrical representation of queer themes.

Kehlani said “certain quotes weren’t progressive,” while Kiyoko issued a more damning take.

You can catch the track below: