The pop beauty, whose album Phoenix is currently number one on the world wide chart, admitted she felt worthless after finding herself locked in a bitter legal battle with her former record label Roc Nation.
Speaking to a packed room at the Notting Hill Arts Club where she played her first ever gig at just 16-years-old, Rita, 27, said: “I have been through so much s*** to put this album out.
“I have to tell you that I’m just happy to be here.
“No matter if it was 20 people or five people. It’s literally a dream come true.”
Unable to fight back her tears, the Let You Love Me songstress continued: “I did have a long moment in my life for the past few years where I didn’t know if it was possible to put out another album and I was really scared.
“I thought ‘oh my god shall I just give up and wrap it up’?
“Then I remembered something… I was like ‘I don’t know what else I can do.’
“I remember feeling really low and feeling that everything was over.”
“I felt extremely worthless. I felt like a piece of poo”
In a bid to keep her star shining while her music career was on hold, Rita worked relentlessly to turn herself into a brand.
From sitting FROW alongside Anna Wintour at some of the most exclusive fashion shows in the world, befriending Donatella Versace, taking over from Tyra Banks to host America’s Next Top Model, signing for The Pope at the Vatican and bagging the role of Mia Grey in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film trilogy – you name it Rita did it.
However, despite beaming away on red carpets and in countless sultry magazine shoots, inside Rita now admits she felt defeated.
Speaking candidly, Rita said: “I know it didn’t look like that from the outside as I was doing lots of stuff, but on the inside I was extremely lonely.
“I felt extremely worthless. I felt like a piece of poo.
“I didn’t know what I could do if I couldn’t sing another song out in the open.”
Miraculously, thanks to her sheer determination and grit to find a way back into the chart, Rita has managed to guide her career away from the brink and signed a record deal with Warner Music.
Kicking off her comeback, she released Ed Sheeran-penned track Your Song which landed at number seven on the UK charts.
This was quickly followed by Avicii collab Lonely Together which broke the Top 5 at number 4 and bagged her a VMA Award for the accompanying video.
Keeping the momentum going, Anywhere dropped in October 2017, narrowly missing out on the top spot at number 2.
“I have been through so much stuff as you guys know,” Rita continued to the tiny 200 capacity venue, glossing over the trials and tribulations she’s faced since releasing her debut album Ora in 2012.
Insisting she has come through it stronger and has no plans to ever quit the industry, Rita defiantly added: “I’m not going to sit and moan about it as it’s about coming through the other end.
“That is why the album is called Phoenix. It’s about having lots of lives. It’s about being able to rise from the ashes.
“I fought so hard and I am never ever going to make you wait this long for another album.”