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Rita Ora’s song Girls – featuring Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha and Cardi B – features lyrics about being bisexual, with her singing: “I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls”.
She also croons about being “open-minded” instead of “one-sided”, and belts out “I’m fifty-fifty and I’m never gonna hide it”.
However, fans are not happy and say the track actually does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.
Singer-songwriter Hayley Kiyoko, 27, also spoke out saying: “A song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.”
Meanwhile, one critic tweeted: “Bisexuality isn’t a ‘one night’ thing.
“So to trivialise it as something you’re doing just cos you’re a little bit drunk and feel like kissing a girl is super damaging.”
Another posted: “I struggled and still do with my sexuality. A song with an insensitive message like Girls by Rita Ora hits me hard.”
“I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey”
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Rita then shared a message to the LGBTQ+ community in a Twitter post that read: “Hello everyone reading this. Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life.
“I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.”
She continued: “I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone. 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.
“I’m ever thankful to my fans for reaching 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.”
Despite the backlash, one fan responded to Rita’s apology and leapt to her defence, saying: “Tired of audience thinking an artist writes lyrics for the audience and not for themselves and about their own experiences.
“If ‘Girls’ didn’t resonate with you, it didn’t resonate with you – write your own song. Rita Ora isn’t writing your lives, she’s writing her own.”
The 27-year-old pop sensation revealed that when writing the single, she was inspired by Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, telling People magazine: “It was such a statement; it was so fun. I wanted to do something that was in that lane.”
While Rita has never gone public with a female lover, her exes include Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, Tommy Hilfiger’s son Ricky Hill, and Calvin Harris.