Calvin Harris’ Collaboration With Ex-Girlfriend Rita Ora Also Backfired

Calvin Harris should probably reconsider working with his significant others going forward. Things got unpleasant on Wednesday, July 13, when it was confirmed that ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift helped him pen his summer hit “This Is What You Came For,” but it’s not his first work-related post-breakup spat. Remember when the DJ-producer also had drama with ex-girlfriend Rita Ora following their June 2014 split?

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As Ora fans well remember, her second studio album was reportedly delayed after Harris, 32, allegedly banned the “Body on Me” singer from using tracks they had recorded together during their relationship.

Although Ora, 25, said her album was delayed because she had a change of heart when it came to the tone of the album, their feud became apparent when the singer was unable to perform their collaborative hit, “I Will Never Let You Down,” without Harris’ consent at the Teen Choice Awards in August 2014.

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Rita Ora and Calvin Harris attend the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch in 2014. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

“There was a reason why I split up with him,” Ora recalled in the July 2015 issue of Marie Claire. “And there was a reason why I’m at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don’t have to explain myself to anybody. … It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he’d never steer me wrong.”

During her candid interview with the magazine, Ora added that when their collaboration, “I Will Never Let You Down,” was released in March 2014, their relationship started to fall apart.

“Everything started to go a bit weird,” she reflected of their seven-month-long relationship. “I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.”

Fast-forward to now, and Harris is feuding with his latest ex over their collaboration with Rihanna.

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Tom Hiddleston with Taylor Swift in Australia. Jerad Williams/Newspix/Getty Images

As previously reported by Us Weekly, Swift’s rep confirmed to Us on Wednesday that Swift, 26, did indeed write the track under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. Harris at first praised his ex for her work on the track, but things turned nasty once it was reported that Harris allegedly hurt Swift’s feelings by lying about collaborating during an April 2016 interview with Ryan Seacrest. 

Harris bashed the “Shake It Off” singer in a series of fiery tweets, claiming she was trying to make him “look bad.”

“I wrote the music, produced the song, arranged it and cut the vocals though,” Harris claimed. “And initially she wanted it kept secret, hence the pseudonym. Hurtful to me at this point that her and her team would go so far out of their way to try and make ME look bad at this stage though.”

He continued: “I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do. I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry. I won’t allow it. Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you’ve earned a great one. God bless everyone have a beautiful day.”

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After ending their relationship last month, Swift was spotted just two weeks later kissing new beau Tom Hiddleston, whom she’s since been traveling around the world with. 

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