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Rita Ora: ‘Becky With the Good Hair’ Rumors Were ‘Rude and Disrespectful’

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Rita Ora performs at the Cochrane Theatre in 2015.Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Bye, Becky! Rita Ora addressed the rumor from last April that she was “Becky with the good hair,” the mistress featured on Beyoncé’s track “Sorry,” in a new interview with Vanity Fair.

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“First and foremost, Jay Z is my inspiration and one of my idols — lyrically, musically, business-wise,” Ora, 25, told the magazine. “I still look up to him and his wife every day. Beyoncé was one of my biggest idols growing up.”

The “Body on Me” singer, who was signed to Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, from 2008 to June 2016, was brought into the drama when she posted a Snapchat of herself wearing a lemon-printed bra shortly after Lemonade’s debut. She later wore a “Not Becky” pin at a Met Gala afterparty in May.

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Jay Z and Beyonce attend the ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ Costume Institute Benefit Gala in 2015. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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“That [pin] was a present from Katy Perry. Maybe I was the only one seen wearing it, but there were others,” she told the magazine. “As for the rest of it, I’m oblivious, I’m just not the gossip queen. I find it incredibly rude and disrespectful to women in general [when] we get accused of something that’s basically against the important part — the music.”

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The pop star also discussed her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris and their public feud over the DJ denying her the rights to perform “I Will Never Let You Down,” which he wrote and produced, at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. “He’s very talented,” she said. “I have had a few dramas, haven’t I? I think in general I’ve learned my lesson to not talk about relationships and gossip because I’ve been at the center of it a few times and it’s not worth it. And I have been heartbroken … just once. Love is so great, but it also can be the most dangerous thing on planet earth. People do crazy things when it comes to jealousy and love.”

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