Congratulations are in order, as Rita Ora and Taika Waititi are officially married. Don’t worry, we didn’t get an invitation either. The 32-year-old Kosovar-British singer confirmed her relationship status to the 47-year-old Oscar-winning New Zealander writer-director-performer on Heart Breakfast, a U.K. radio program hosted by Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden.
Rumors have swirled about the two for some time, and when asked if the pair were hitched, Ora said “Yes. Here we are.” She added, “They say everything happens for a reason. I am officially off the market, people.”
The “Let You Love Me” singer added that the wedding was “exactly how I wanted it,” saying it was “nice and perfect,” but not a blow-out. “One day, we’ll throw a big party. I’ll figure out the time to have a big, big party,” she said, apologizing for the fact that her vague description of the event was “not that interesting.”
She did say, though, that the newly released video for her track “You Only Love Me,” which features some intense pre-wedding pomp (with prominent sponsorships!) before ending in disaster, was far from her personal experience. “I did wanna play on the fact that I’ve chosen to keep it kind of more private, this sort of experience that I had, and just to myself a bit more, but I did wanna play on what could have been, so this is what I’m giving to the public on what could have been.”
Ora and Waititi have been romantically linked since April 2021.
In the interview, she mused about keeping her name. “I’ve definitely thought about it, but I’ve worked very hard for this Ora name, I have to say,” she said. “But I do believe in sharing the journey. I don’t know, I haven’t really kind of decided yet.” (Of note: the last name on Taika Waititi’s birth certificate is Cohen.)
In a recent interview with GQ, Ora denied that she and Waititi are (or ever were) in a “throuple” relationship with Tessa Thompson. “Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve had a lot of drinks, and everyone’s your best friend?” she said concerning widely-spread photos of what appeared to be the three of them in a group smooch.
About the hubbub that began in May 2021, which she never commented on before, she said she “just chose to not acknowledge that because it’s ridiculous. I think when some things are so absurd, and it’s hard to fathom any sense of it, you just have to ignore it. I’ve taken that approach for a lot of things, because you don’t want to put energy towards something that’s nonexistent. It’s like trying to explain something that didn’t happen means you’re feeding into nothing.”
Waititi’s next film, Next Goal Wins, in which Michael Fassbender plays the Dutch-American soccer coach Thomas Rongen who helps turn around the American Samoa squad, is scheduled for release this fall. Ora has concert dates planned for Zurich, Munich, Tirana, and Rio de Janeiro in late August and September.