Singer says ex-boyfriend Harris owns the rights to I Will Never Let You Down, and ‘didn’t approve’ her appearance at the recent US award show
Rita Ora has opened up about her last-minute withdrawal from the Teen Choice music awards, claiming that Calvin Harris prevented her planned performance of the song they recorded together. The Scottish producer, who is Ora’s ex-boyfriend, allegedly withheld permission for I Will Never Let You Down to be included in the show.
“I was supposed to perform,” Ora told radio DJ Ryan Seacrest. “[But Calvin] wrote and produced the song ... [and] he owns the rights to it ... so [he] has to approve anything TV-wise ... He didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.”
The DJ later inquired further into the two musician’s relationship, asking if there was any unresolved bitterness.
“You should ask him,” Ora said. “You write a song with somebody and I guess there’s some stuff that comes with it.” She admitted that she was angry, but “[more] for my fans” than for “my own selfish reasons”. “The show was going to be awesome and ... I [even] put my own money into the performance, like I always do.”
Ora and Harris’ relationship lasted for about a year, and I Will Never Let You Down was their first collaboration. “It all happened really naturally,” she told the Daily Record earlier this year. “Writing a song like this is one of the sweetest things anyone could do because it pinpointed how I felt.”
But on 6 June, not long after the single debuted at No 1, Harris announced that he and Ora had “ended [their] relationship some time ago”. Ora responded five days later, tweeting: “I’ve had an incredible time w Calvin,& i will treasure the memories ... Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.”
“I’m gonna tell you the truth: I’m not doing too great,” Ora said in the September issue of Glamour. “I adore [Calvin] and he’s such an amazing human being ... It wasn’t about ‘us’. It was about the world we live in ... We both work really hard. We’re both all over the place.”
I Will Never Let You Down is currently at No 35 on the UK chart.
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