Earlier this year, Rita Ora was accused of being Jay Z’s mistress following the release of Beyonce’s latest album, Lemonade. The pop star immediately denied the accusations and now, Ora is getting candid about how she felt being named “Becky with the good hair,” a lyric from Beyonce’s track, “Sorry.”
Rita opened up to Vanity Fair about the recent controversy, explaining that, “First and foremost, Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols — lyrically, musically, business-wise. I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyonce was one of my biggest idols growing up.”
The 25-year-old was initially accused of being Jay’s side piece after a photo resurfaced of the singer wearing a lemonade bra and a J chain.
Not only did Ora make it clear via social media that the rumors were false, the star also made as statement during the Met Gala after party when she and Katy Perry both jokingly wore pins that read, “Not Becky.”
“That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry,” she explained. “Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others. As for the rest of it, I’m oblivious, I’m just not the gossip queen. I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful to women in general [when] we get accused of something that’s basically against the important part — the music.”
Ora recently signed a deal with Atlantic Records UK and is hosting VH1’s America’s Next Top Model.