Rita Ora's famous exes – from Bruno Mars to X Factor hunk who became sex addict

Since finding fame with Hot Right Now in 2012, Rita Ora has been linked to some of the hottest blokes on the showbiz scene.

From F1 ace Lewis Hamilton to David Beckham’s best friend Dave Gardner and even Justin Bieber, there have been no shortage of rumours about the boys being crazy for Rita.

And the Masked Singer judge has enjoyed sizzling romances with a slew of famous hunks, dating DJs, reality TV stars, rappers and even an X Factor winner before meeting current boyfriend, music producer Romain Gavras.

Here, The Mirror explores Rita’s rollercoaster love life and the relationships that ended with a lot of mud-slinging…

Bruno Mars

Rita Ora and Bruno Mars wait for a flight
Rita Ora and Bruno Mars dated before either of them found fame

Neither were famous when Bruno, 35, was hired to help Rita write songs and love bloomed.

“It was love at first sight, such a great experience,” Rita once told a German magazine.

“We met in 2009. I was 18 and starting out at Roc Nation. Bruno was unknown back then too.

“He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought, ‘Wow, that’s just the world’s greatest guy!’”

But sadly, as their careers took off, their romance fell by the wayside and they ended up splitting.

She continued: “Our time together was wonderful. But once we got famous, work got in the way. We ended it last year. But we remained close.

“And when we were together we were so happy.”


Rita and Drake embrace at a party
Rita gifted Drake with a family heirloom after he wrote RIP for her

Drake originally wrote her breakout track, RIP, for his ex-girlfriend Rihanna. But when RiRi didn’t want it, it found a home with Rita in 2012 and a relationship was reportedly born.

They were apparently spotted snogging backstage at a gig and Rita even gave him a black ruby gemstone ring that belonged to her grandfather, which Drake admitted was one of his most treasured possessions.

He told KISS FM: “One of the greatest gifts I ever received in my whole life – I wear it every day – is this ring right here.

“They tried to talk about this ring the other day and say I got married to somebody, which I didn’t. Rita actually gave me this ring.

“We’re dear friends. RIP is a song that I originally wrote for Rihanna [and she] actually didn’t take the song … Rita expressed interest in it and anything I can do for Rita, I will do.”

James Arthur

Rita Ora and James Arthur together at the after show party
X Factor winner James Arthur said he had a ‘magical’ connection with Rita

X Factor winner James said he first met Rita after she requested a meeting with him in 2012 and claimed they ended up getting together in her tour bus one night.

According to the 32-year-old singer, there was a powerful connection that led to a passionate romance.

He wrote in his autobiography, Back To The Boy: “There was a lot of magic there and it was an amazing night. Rita seemed really, really into me, but I still couldn’t quite believe it.

“Me and Rita met up a few more times after that and had some more amazing nights. ‘I’m in love with you,’ she told me one night. She said it so sincerely I wanted to believe her, though it seemed insane.”

But James claimed that one day she just ‘disappeared’ and he realised it was over when he saw her pictured with other men.

“I was heartbroken. It hit me really hard.” he said.

He later admitted he’d ‘sabotaged’ their romance because of his ‘low self-esteem’, telling This Morning: “You’ve got to like yourself, love yourself. I was beating myself up, I don’t have much self-worth. That was probably the main issue.”

And in the fallout from it, troubled James turned to sex and went on to develop and all-consuming addiciton.

He continued: “If I’m honest, I became a bit of a sl*g after Rita. I was chatting to hundreds of women online or on Whats-App after swapping numbers with them via Twitter, and I started to sleep with so many of them I lost count.

“For a long time I tried to kid myself I was only doing what any young guy in my position would do, and I also wondered if my extremely high sex drive had something to do with the medication I was on. It didn’t. The simple fact is I have an addictive personality coupled with a high sex drive made me a sex addict.

“I started bingeing on sex. I became as addicted to sex as I was to weed. I craved sex, I had to have it and I needed it to fill the void and make myself feel better.”

Calvin Harris

Rita Ora kisses Calvin Harris in an Instagram selfie
Rita Ora and Calvin Harris split in a blaze of acrimony

Rita and Scottish DJ Calvin, 36, dated for a year before splitting in a blaze of acrimony in 2014.

For Rita’s part, she said things ‘got weird’ when he wrote and produced the number one track I Will Never Let You Down for her.

“It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he’d never steer me wrong,” she told Marie Claire.

“But then I Will Never Let You Down came out, and everything started to go a bit weird. I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.”

Rita added: “There was a reason why I split up with him. And there was a reason why I’m at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don’t have to explain myself to anybody…”

After their split, Calvin reportedly ‘banned’ Rita from performing the song at the Teen Choice Awards that August.

Hitting back at the time, Calvin tweeted: “You’ll only know 1 side of the story RE Teen choice awards because I choose not to talk to the papers about every aspect of my life.”

ASAP Rocky

Rita posed with rapper ASAP Rocky
ASAP Rocky penned a foul-mouthed track about Rita

Rapper A$AP Rocky sparked outrage with his foul lyrics about their alleged 2015 fling in his track Better Things, from his album A.L.L.A.

Rita hit back after he claimed they previously had a sexual encounter in “tasteless” song lyrics.

“I’m not looking at it like ‘you’re upsetting me’ because I don’t actually give a s***,” she told Hot 97 Radio Station. “I think about it and I don’t want people to think it’s OK to speak about women like that. That’s it.”

She added: “I don’t care what you say about me. I don’t give a flying f***. That’s just how it is, but you know got to keep it moving. I’m very happy with what I do and I’m proud of who I am and what I represent.”

Rocky later admitted the lyrics were “tasteless”, and while Rita hadn’t heard about his response – she said it was “nice” of him to admit.

“Still said it though,” she added laughing. “But that was nice.”

Andrew Garfield

Rita reportedly had a four-month fling with actor Andrew Garfield
Rita reportedly had a four-month fling with actor Andrew Garfield

Rita and Spiderman actor Andrew reportedly embarked on a whirlwind four-month romance at the end of 2018.

But by March 2019, it was all over with a friend telling The Mirror: “The relationship just fizzled out. It’s sad but they have both accepted the situation and moved on.”

The Girls hitmaker was first linked to the actor late last year after they spotted walking side-by-side in London.

Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian kisses Rita Ora
Rita dated Rob Kardashian in the early days of her career

Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Rob and Rita split in dramatic circumstances in 2012 after he sensationally accused her of cheating ‘with 20 dudes’ in an outrageous Twitter outburst – only to later take it back.

He wrote: “When a woman cheats on you with one man I can live with that. People make mistakes, trust me. I have forgiven numerous times…

“But when a woman disrespects herself by messing with more than 20 men all while being in a relationship with a Faithful man…

“Just don’t get how a woman can do that to her body. And your career hasn’t even launched yet. I don’t put up with sloppiness. LOYALTY.”

Rita hit back earlier this month with an epic snub, insisting she didn’t even remember dating him.

“Oh, I forgot about that,” she told The Times. “It was very short-lived. I was so young It was fun. It was very, very fun, I guess. That’s all I remember.”

Rob did backtrack on Kourtney and Kim Take Miami when he admitted he’d said what he’d said in a bid to sabotage their romance.

“I posted what I posted to keep myself from taking her back,” he explained. “Every time she messed up, I took her back for over a year now. I just had to do that to make her hate me.”

But for Rita, forgiveness didn’t come easily and she once snipped that some people should be forced to sit a mental health exam before being allowed on Twitter.

“When you are involved with someone for a while and they decide to express their feelings to the public, well, that’s not my personal way of therapy but I guess everyone takes split-ups differently,” she told The Sunday Telegraph’s Sunday Style magazine.

“You should have to sit an exam before you go on Twitter. To see if you’re mentally stable.”

* The Masked Singer starts Boxing Day at 7pm on ITV


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