Rita Ora Says She Endured Child Abuse When She Was 14

She was 14-years old, he was 26.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Rita Ora is no stranger to making headlines with her relationships. From Rob Kardashian to Calvin Harris, the “R.I.P.” singer and X-Factor judge is known for her high-profile hookups. Rita is now opening up about her first relationship—she was 14 and he was 26-- which she refers to as child abuse (and so does the law). 

Rita shares that as a young drama student, she dated the much older man. “It was my first relationship with a guy.” His attention boosted her low confidence at the time. “I was almost obsessed with having a man feel like he wants me. It made me feel great and I didn’t care what he did or how old he was. I wanted it. It’s crazy.”

She no longer views the relationship with rose-colored glasses. “It’s child abuse, really, isn’t it?” She adds, “I don’t want to say that I suffered it, because I wanted it. I don’t want to say that I was forced to do it. I don’t want people to think I was abused as a kid but I was definitely more mature than I should have been at 14.”

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