When Rita Ora teamed up with modern superstars Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha for her new single “Girls,” people were, naturally, excited to see the star return to music. However, that hype was undercut by the public reaction to some of the song’s lyrics.
On Monday (May 14), Ora took to Twitter to formally apologize to anyone who’s been offended by it. “I am sorry [sic] how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone,” the “Lonely Together” singer wrote. “I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.”
Ora also took the opportunity to open up about her own sexuality. “‘Girls’ was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life,” she said. “I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.”
Ora ended her apology by thanking her fans for being a source of support for her, and adding that she wants to do better in the future. “I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be,” she wrote.
In the song’s chorus, Ora sings, “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls/Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls,” which some fans — and fellow artists — interpreted as Ora saying that alcohol was a necessary part of same-sex love.
See Ora’s tweet below:
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) May 14, 2018