Rita Ora has apologised after criticism of her song Girls by several LGBTQ musicians.
Singers including Kehlani and Hayley Kiyo said the lyrics were ‘harmful’ and accused the track of exploiting bisexuality, reports BBC.
In her apology, Rita said: ‘I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.
‘I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be.’
The track, which features Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, was criticised by those who believed the song belittled same-sex relationships.
Some took issue with the chorus, which says: ‘Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, red wine, I just wanna kiss girls.’
Hayley Kiyoko wrote that she didn’t ‘need to drink wine to kiss girls’, while Kehlani called the lyrics ‘harmful’.
Sam Neath from Bi Pride UK told Newsbeat the song ‘sort of sounds like it’s undermining bisexuality as a serious thing’.
I have an incredible song out with one of the artists, and would love to work with the other three as well. & have met them all and respect them.
Rita Ora has responded to the criticism with a statement on Twitter, describing the song as representing her ‘truth’.
She wrote: ‘I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.’
‘I am sorry [if] how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone,’ she added.
‘I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.’
She also thanked fans for ‘teaching me to love myself no matter what’.
And so far they’ve reacted positively to her apology.
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