She apologised to her fans after receiving criticism from the LGBT community over her controversial new single, Girls.
Though surprisingly it was Rita Ora’s ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian who came to her defense shortly afterwards, by praising her message on Monday.
In the midst of the backlash, Rita appeared to put drama behind her as she returned to the stage for her nationwide tour in Manchester on Tuesday evening.
Sizzling style: Rita Ora put on a raunchy display in a glittering body suit as she took to the stage in Manchester…after apologising for ‘harmful’ Girls lyrics
The hit maker, 27, put her perky derriere on display for all to see in a sparkling jumpsuit embellished with shimmering tassels.
Rita upped the fashion ante in a pair of fishnet tights and paraded her enviable figure on stage in stylish white block heels.
The dazzling display didn’t stop there, as the How We Do beauty rocked a white faux-fur hooded gilet over her bodice.
Water under the bridge: Rita’s ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian made a show of support for her on Monday when he praised her apology
Praise you: He shared her statement and added praising hands emojis
Dancing in a number of suggestive poses, the RIP songstress slicked back her platinum locks into a sleek bun.
The Hot Right Now chart topper shared the stage with songwriter Raye, who performed Rita’s controversial hit Girls last year at the Radio 1 Big Weekend.
Rita took to Instagram on Monday to express her regret over unintentionally hurting members of the LGBTQ community, posting a lengthy statement.
Surprisingly, her ex-boyfriend Rob shared the statement on Twitter on Monday, along with a string of praising hands emojis.
Throwback: Rob and Rita (pictured) famously split in 2012, amid claims that she had cheated on him
Making up: Rita publicly buried the hatchet with Rob’s sister Kim and his mother Kris in March, following many years of animosity
Rob and Rita famously split in 2012 amid unsubstantiated claims that she cheated on him.
They appeared to bury the hatchet last year when the singer congratulated her ex on the arrival of his daughter dream with then-girlfriend Blac Chyna.
Kim Kardashian – Rob’s sister – and Kris Jenner – his mum – even settled their differences in March, with an insider saying that things had moved on.
‘Once the pair split Kim and Kris ended their relationship with Rita,’ a source told MailOnline. ‘Kim and Rita realised a lot of water has passed under the bridge and they reconnected about their lives as they have all moved on.’
Rocking out: Dancing in a number of suggestive poses, the RIP songstress slicked back her platinum locks into a sleek bun
Flirty: Rita upped the fashion ante in a pair of fishnet tights and paraded her enviable figure on stage in stylish white block heels
Rita’s statement continued: ‘I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone.’
Revealing the pop hit was created from her personal standpoint, the Hot Right Now songstress added: ‘Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life.’
The blonde beauty added: ‘I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.’
‘I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone. 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.’
Making moves: Rita’s polished off her flamboyant costume with vibrant pink eye makeup and lashing of mascara
Casual outing: The Hot Right Now chart topper shared the stage with songwriter Raye, who performed Rita’s controversial hit last year at the Radio 1 Big Weekend
Moving on: Rita looked like she had put the backlash behind her as she headed out for lunch in Manchester on Tuesday
Tasty treat: Rita couldn’t hide her delight as she headed out the eatery clutching a sumptuous burger and strawberry milkshake ahead of performing at the Manchester Academy
Beaming: Rita could hardly contain her excitement ahead of the gig
Under fire: The Your Song hitmaker took to Instagram to express her regret over unintentionally hurting members of the LGBTQ community
Regret: The Hot Right Now songstress revealed the pop hit was created from her personal standpoint
‘I’m ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself no matter what. I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be. Love, Rita.’
The song – which features chart-topping artists Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX – aims to project female empowerment, while discussing themes of bisexuality and self-love.
However, the track has been met with criticism from artists from the LGBTQ community, with Hayley Kiyoko branding the song as ‘just downright tone-deaf’.
Speaking out: Hayley Kiyoko said she thinks the pop hit is ‘just downright tone-deaf’ and ‘does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community’
The Curious belter continued to express her opinions on social media last week, revealing that she believes the song ‘does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.’
The Los Angeles native added that she was ‘overwhelmed with thoughts,’ and felt ‘a song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.’
She added: ‘It’s important for us artists to use our platforms to move the cultural needle forward, not backwards.’
Calling out: Distraction hitmaker Kehlani also revealed her thoughts on the song, stating, ‘there. were. harmful. lyrics. period…’
Distraction hitmaker Kehlani also revealed her thoughts on the song, stating: ‘ I have an incredible song out with one of the artists, and would love to work with the other three as well. & have met them all and respect them. there. were. harmful. lyrics. period…’
Rita’s backlash comes after the singer touched on her romantic experiences with men and women.
During an interview with People, Rita – who has been dating songwriter Andrew Watt for over a year – was asked about whether the song is linked to her own sexuality.
She said: ‘I knew people were going to look into it like that. I definitely said it because I can – and it was one of those things where, if I was 50/50… I’m not saying I’m 70/30.
‘I’m 50/50, and I’m not gonna hide it. I’m not hiding what I am, who I am, if I wanna do this, if I wanna do that. That’s just how it’s gonna be.’
In support of her upcoming album, the Anywhere singer is currently on her third concert tour Girls, which she kicked off in Glasgow last week.
Busy bee: In support of her upcoming album, the Anywhere singer is currently on her third concert tour Girls, which she kicked off in Glasgow last week