Rita Ora Confirms Her Ex Calvin Harris Halted Her Teen Choice Awards Performance -- And She Wasn't Surprised!

Celebrity News Aug. 12, 2014 AT 3:45PM
Rita Ora Rita Ora confirms that ex Calvin Harris halted her Teen Choice Awards performance Credit: Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

Onward and upward! Rita Ora dished to Ryan Seacrest during an interview on On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, Aug. 12, that, as rumored, her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris prevented her from performing their single "I Will Never Let You Down" at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.

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"For anybody who doesn’t understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song," the "How We Do" singer explained. "So he has to approve anything TV-wise for anybody who doesn’t get it. And obviously he owns the rights to it and he didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.” (In lieu of Ora's performance, rapper Becky G. performed instead.)

Although the songstress had been planning on performing the hit song at the show for "about a month," she admitted she wasn't shocked by Harris' kibosh.

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"No," Ora, 23, replied when asked if she was surprised by the last minute changes, "I could have got told a few weeks earlier, you know. That would have been nice. It was a last minute change, but you know what, it happens and we move on and move forward … It is what it is, man. You know, you write a song with somebody, and I guess there’s some stuff that comes with it … Everything happens for a reason, that’s how I look at it," she added.

Despite their differences, Ora opened up about working with her then-boyfriend during happier times. "I wrote this with a really special person, and it was the first time I ever kind of opened my doors up for somebody I knew personally," she said. "This song was written out of love … But you know, people move on and move forward."

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Despite the less than amicable split, Ora proclaimed before performing an acoustic version of the hit track during the interview that she hopes fans don't misinterpret the song. "Before I do this, it’s still an amazing song," she said. "I don’t want anybody to have like a dark cloud over this song."

Harris confirmed the couple's split this past June, tweeting: "To address speculation — myself and Rita ended our relationship some time ago. She is a beautiful, talented woman & I wish her all the best." 

Us Weekly confirmed earlier this month that Ora is now dating designer Tommy Hilfiger's son Richard Hilfiger.

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