Rita Ora Denies Affair With Jay Z
Just days before the premiere of Lemonade (April 24), Ora was on Snapchat wearing lingerie adorned with lemons. Yesterday (April 25), Ora took to Instagram to post the movie poster from Ash Wednesday, a film starring Elizabeth Taylor as an aging housewife who cheats on her husband. If those weren't enough coincidences, the singer was also spotted wearing a dress that was very similar to one worn in Beyonce's "Formation" video.
With the #BeyHive on high alert, Rita's Instagram comments and mentions became flooded with mean-spirited messages and lemon emojis. It was enough to make her want to clear the air on social media.
"I never usually address tabloid gossip but let me be clear, these rumors are false," she tweeted earlier this afternoon (April 26). "I have nothing but the utmost respect for Beyonce. Let's continue enjoying Lemonade."
To make matters even more interesting, Ora has been entrenched in a lawsuit with Hov's Roc Nation since 2015. In December of last year, the U.K. native sued the label in an effort to get out of her contract. She cited California's "Seven Year Rule" which states that a person can not be subject to a contract to perform personal services beyond seven years from the beginning of the deal. The complaint stated that Rita has felt "orphaned" from Roc Nation and that she has been "self-funding her promotional television appearances, recording costs and video projects."
In February, Roc Nation sued Ora. The label said that back in 2008, the label invested millions of dollars into the then-unknown artist and expected to get five albums out of her deal. But Ora has only released one, 2012's Ora. Roc Nation claims they have spent over $2.3 million in marketing Ora's second album, money they are trying to recoup through the lawsuit.
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