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Rita Ora has taken to social media to share her despair at the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, which has claimed the lives of 12 residents so far. 

The singer showed up at one of the help points for the tragedy yesterday evening, to assist the residents and volunteers.

The star took to Instagram stories to share her efforts with her fans.

The singer can be seen among the local community helping them sift through bags of what appear to be donations.

Rita had previously taken to Instagram to say that she had played in the tower block as a child while growing up in the area. 

'Shocked and devastated to hear this terrible news,' Rita said in a tweet.

'My heart goes out to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy in west London.'

 

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Former X Factor judge and current America's Next Top Model host Rita Ora has lost a small fortune in an alleged fraud.

The pop star is a financial investor in a company that has potentially been the victim of financial crime.

 

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The shareholders, made up of companies and individuals, are reported to have collectively lost around €2.74m.

 Rita Ora is said to have lost tens of thousands of pounds in the scam. 

Claims have been made that the scam was orchestrated by an accountant who "lived like a Saudi prince."

“One of the companies in which she has an interest is a potential victim of fraud." the star's lawyer Graham Shear told The Sun.

“Any loss suffered by the company in which Ms Ora has an interest will be recoverable from insurance policies which protect against this sort of professional misappropriation, fraud and other claims.”

Well thank goodness for that, as the swindle comes just one year after over €200,000 worth of items were stolen from the singer's home.

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America's Next Top Model is a noughties classic, with hosts Tyra Banks, Janice Dickenson and Ms J honing the skills of wannabe models year in and year out.

Now, as the show enters its 23rd season, Tyra has vacated her throne as head judge for someone all together unexpected.

 When you think "super model" the likes of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Adrian Lima spring to mind, but the new head judge is none other than songstress Rita Ora. 

Rita shot to fame after being mentored by none other than Jay-Z, and has since had a successful album, a collaborative collection with Addidas and guest judging spots on the X Factor, but not a lot of straight modelling experience. 

Fans of ANTM were quick to point this out, with some going so far as to say they will be boycotting the show if someone as "inexperienced" at modelling as Rita Ora takes the reigns. 

Some pointed out the fact that Rita hasn't quite broken America, despite her supporting role in Fifty Shades of Grey and her chart topping hit Black Widow with Iggy Azelia. 

Rita will be joined by plus sized model and body positivity activist Ashley Graham, as well as stylist  Law Roach and chief creative officer of Paper Magazine Drew Eliot, who successfully helped Kim Kardshian break the internet with her infamous champagne popping cover.

Guest stars are set to include Zendaya, DJ Khaled, Tinashe, Jason Derulo, Amber Rose, French Montana, Chanel Iman and Jasmine Sanders.

If the trailer for the new show is anything to go by, it's set to be a lit season. 

 

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It looks like Rita Ora has a new man in her life, and judging by her actions, she wants to keep this one low key.

The singer kept her head down yesterday as she arrived in London, but it was what she was up to beforehand that has everyone talking.

While in Rome, the singer was seen getting comfortable with her rumoured new boyfriend, Andrew Watt, and they shared some PDA while they thought the cameras were off them.

Andrew is an American singer and songwriter, and was formerly a member of the band California Breed.

Rita hasn't made any comments about the photos yet, but we just hope she's happy!

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It looks like Rita Ora's most recent performance has catapulted her from mainstream popstar to music icon if the internet's response to her recent rendition of What Child Is This is anything to go by.

Rita, who like Mother Teresa was born to a Kosovar-Albanian family, was given the honour of performing ahead of Mother Teresa's canonisation at the Papal Basilica of St Paul, and it sounds like the public are beyond impressed.

Taking to Instagram to honour the milestone moment this weekend, Rita wrote: "I am honored to have been invited, to fulfill the role as an ambassador to Kosovo, to sing at the canonization of Mother Teresa."

"Singing What Child Is This to celebrate her life and legacy will be a moment I cherish forever." she added alongside a still of the stunning moment.
 

"Tonight on the eve of the canonisation of Mother Teresa, we, the daughters and sons by blood and soul, are here to honour and express our gratitude to her outstanding life and work dedicated to the poorest people of the world," she said ahead of the performance.

Responding to her post online, Instagram user flooded the singer's page with praise, with one writing:"Was actually just watching you performance on the canonisation for mother Teresa and surprisingly I landed up crying,"

"You were breathtaking," added another while a fellow follower remarked: "It was a beautiful performance! And you looked amazing basking under the rays of a saint."

Skip to 1.05.20 for Rita's big moment.

 

 

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It would seem as though there might be a hint of bad blood between Xfactor boss Simon Cowell, and two former judges. 

Rita Ora and Cheryl Cole decided to spend time working on their respective careers, rather than returning to the judging panel. 

Simon recently gave an interview, where he comments on the "selfish" choices the two women made. 

The music mogul explained that  "when you're sitting as a judge and you're judging these shows you have to like people. If you don't, you can't do this job. It's as simple as that."

Simon goes on to explain that an issue he faces with his judging panel revolves around egos. 

"Singers don't want to find other stars. It's just not in their DNA. They only think about themselves. That is the nature of being a solo artist."

Rita Ora and Cheryl were replaced by veteran judges, and fan favourites, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Sherzinger. 

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Earlier this year the world listened as One Direction’s Zayn Malik opened up about his ongoing battle with anxiety, and now another influential young popstar has decided to share her own mental health story.

As Cosmopolitan’s September cover star, Rita Ora sat down with the celebrated magazine to discuss her own anxiety issues and the impression Zayn’s decision to open up about his mental health had on her.

She told Cosmo: “I'm so glad someone has spoken out about it…I'm not scared to admit that I have had therapy.”

 

 

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“I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer it in different ways, but for me it's more about thinking about the long-term goal.”

“I'm a very 'in the moment'-type person, so if I have to do something there and then, I'll be fine.  But if I think about it, that's when anxious thoughts start going in.”

The How We Do singer went on to stress the importance of having a strong network of people around her at times when she is struggling with anxiety issues.

 

 

Keep your heart light.

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She said: “I get so nervous because I care so much… Sometimes I get nervous about recording a song in the studio.  I'm like, 'I'm not ready to record this yet.' Or, 'I don't think I can do this.'”

“I'm relieved to have people around me who encourage me to do well.”

We think it’s brilliant that another big name has weighed in on this important conversation by sharing their own personal experience of anxiety.

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Rita Ora and Lewis Hamilton have been buddies for years, but in recent snaps taken of the pair, it looks like they have stepped their relationship up a notch.

The pair were away in Montenegro this week, and in a video captured by The Sun, Rita is seen frolicking around in a bikini as Lewis throws his arms over her.

In the clip, Rita and Lewis are cuddled up on the deck of a private villa, and then things take a flirty turn when the sportman sprays Rita with a hosepipe.

Lewis is seen drenching her with water, before walking over to the end of a dock and throwing her in.

An onlooker told The Sun: "They looked very cosy and flirty. It was clear Rita had had a couple of drinks and Lewis was loving every second of it."

Oooh, could they be our next Hollywood couple?!

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So many celebrities deny going on crash diets, having a little botox, or even admitting to hair extensions.

We get it. They're in the public eye and want to present their best possible selves; but we don't understand why they try so hard to hide the little bit of help they've received (especially when it's super obvious).

However, one gal that isn't afraid to hide her help is Rita Ora, and she even thinks it's "weird" that some people find it so hard to talk about.

“Some people feel really weird talking about hair extensions, but the reality is your hair can’t grow overnight, so why not get creative,” she told InStyle.

The 26-year-old is happy to admit that after years of damaging her locks with bleach and bad dye-jobs, she needs a little bit of a lift with her tresses now.

“The trick is, you have to completely own it, and that’s a confidence thing.

“I was only 14 (when I started dyeing my hair), which is why my hair is so short and damaged now," she added.

Being a natural brunette, Rita constantly has to dye her roots, but even with all the up-keep, the Hot Right Now singer says that blonde has "always been my thing," and she's not going to change anytime soon.

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You'd think to woo a star like Rita Ora you'd have to go all out with the glamour – flowers, champagne, fine dining maybe?

But apparently the British singer is quite happy trade all that in for a simple cheeky Nando's!

According to The Sun, Rita was spotted in the popular restaurant with none other than Professor Green last week and the pair were reportedly looking pretty cosy as they chowed down on a portion of Peri-Peri chips.

The recently divorced rapper picked the former X Factor judge up from her East London home on Thursday afternoon before taking her for food.

And, according to a Sun source, the pair even shared a quick kiss when Rita got into the car: “Pro picked Rita up and she seemed really excited to be heading out with him. They had a friendly kiss in the car before heading off.”  Cute!

So what happens when two pretty major celebrities walk into a chain restaurant?  Well, everyone stares.

The source said:   “Inside it was really busy and people did stop and stare."

“It’s not every day two of the biggest pop stars in the country are just hanging out together in your local restaurant."

“They seemed totally relaxed and fine being somewhere down to earth. They were laughing and joking and very comfortable in each other’s company.”

 

Unfortunately friends close to the pair are insisting they are just old friends and that any car kissing was just to say a friendly hello.  

Rita – who was admitted to hospital for exhaustion last week – has recently been linked to her ex Calvin Harris.

Meanwhile rumours have been circulating that Professor Green has a romantic interest in our very own Vogue Williams, but Vogue told Loose Women the pair are just mates. 

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There seems to be no stopping Rita Ora as she is set to replace Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model.

The singer has been involved in a number of projects over the last year, including 50 Shades, and after moving on from The X Factor she will reportedly take over from Tyra Banks on the reality show.

An insider told The Sun, “Rita is in a dream world as she’s landed the ultimate gig.

 

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“She’ll be mixing her two passions of fashion and music and taking over from a TV institution in Tyra.

“Next Top Model bosses wanted to inject some freshness back into the format and they see Rita as the ideal new face.

"She is releasing a new single later this year to coincide with it,” the source added.

We think she'll be BRILLIANT on the show.

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Rita Ora was taken into hospital last night, with sources telling the Mail Online that she "has been working solidly for the past few months."

Just days before, Rita was in court for the sentencing of an intruder to her home, who stole up to £200,000 worth of goods.

Following a busy past few days, the Hot Right Now singer took to Twitter to share a snap of her lying in a hospital bed with a drip in her arm.

She captioned the post: "Today was pretty tough but I'm getting through it thank you to all of you for the support! I love you!! #exhaustionisreal."

The insider revealed: "Yes, she was exhausted – a result of not having a break. She's been working solidly for the last few months and then when she can she parties.

"Over the last few months she has been flying back and forth between Vancouver and LA – on 50 Shades set in Vancouver and then recording studio in LA."

The source added: "She then flew to the UK for the court trial and then went to Glastonbury for a few days partying and then came back on Monday and shot a two day campaign in London this Tuesday and Wednesday."

We hope she's feeling better now!

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