A look back at Rita Ora’s love life as she ‘marries’ Taika Waititi in intimate ceremony 

From a high-profile relationship with DJ Calvin Harris to flings with Rob Kardashian and Andrew Garfield: A look back at Rita Ora’s love life as she ‘marries’ Taika Waititi in intimate ceremony

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She has reportedly married director Taika Waititi in an intimate ceremony in London and has already changed her surname. 

But before meeting the New Zealand filmmaker, 46, Rita, 31, enjoyed a series of high-profile relationships and flings with famous actors, singers and even the odd reality star.

The Hot Right Now hitmaker’s most serious boyfriend was Calvin Harris who she dated for a year in 2013, before reportedly learning that her relationship was over via Twitter.

As well as Calvin she also made headlines for flings with some more unexpected stars including Rob Kardashian, singer James Arthur, Andrew Garfield and Travis Barker.

Here MailOnline takes a look back at her love life over the years:  

Romance over the years: Here MailOnline takes a look back at Rita Ora's love life after she reportedly married director Taika Waititi in an intimate ceremony in London this month and has already changed her surname (pictured with Taika in July 2022)

Romance over the years: Here MailOnline takes a look back at Rita Ora’s love life after she reportedly married director Taika Waititi in an intimate ceremony in London this month and has already changed her surname (pictured with Taika in July 2022) 

BRUNO MARS 2009 – 2011

Before either of them shot to fame Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’ 

‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and starting out at Roc Nation. Bruno was unknown back then too.

‘He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought: ‘Wow, that’s just the world’s greatest guy!” 

Unexpected: Before either of them shot to fame Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: 'It was love at first sight'

Unexpected: Before either of them shot to fame Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight’

But sadly, as their careers took off, their romance fell by the wayside and they ended up splitting.

She continued: ‘Our time together was wonderful. But once we got famous, work got in the way. We ended it last year. But we remained close.

‘And when we were together we were so happy.’

All over: But sadly, as their careers took off, their romance fell by the wayside and they ended up splitting (pictured together in 2011)

All over: But sadly, as their careers took off, their romance fell by the wayside and they ended up splitting (pictured together in 2011) 

ROB KARDASHIAN – 2012

The singer dated reality star Rob for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and their incompatible lifestyles.

And she admits to forgetting she even dated the sock designer because the fleeting relationship was ‘very short-lived’.

Pairing: The singer dated reality star Rob for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her 'hectic work schedule' and their incompatible lifestyles

Pairing: The singer dated reality star Rob for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and their incompatible lifestyles

The end of their brief romance coincided with a series of bitter social medial posts from Rob, who indirectly suggested the singer had cheated on him numerous times during their relationship.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘When a woman cheats on you with one man I can live with that. People make mistakes, trust me. I have forgiven numerous times…

‘But when a woman disrespects herself by messing with more than 20 men all while being in a relationship with a Faithful man…

Awkward: The end of their brief romance coincided with a series of bitter social medial posts from Rob, who indirectly suggested the singer had cheated on him numerous times during their relationship (pictured in 2012)

Awkward: The end of their brief romance coincided with a series of bitter social medial posts from Rob, who indirectly suggested the singer had cheated on him numerous times during their relationship (pictured in 2012) 

‘Just don’t get how a woman can do that to her body. And your career hasn’t even launched yet. I don’t put up with sloppiness. LOYALTY.’

Rob did backtrack on Kourtney and Kim Take Miami when he admitted he’d said what he’d said in a bid to sabotage their romance. 

JAMES ARTHUR – FLING IN 2013

X Factor winner James said he first met Rita after she requested a meeting with him in 2012 and claimed they ended up getting together in her tour bus one night.

The singer, 34, claimed there was a powerful connection between them that led to a passionate romance.

He wrote in his autobiography, Back To The Boy: ‘There was a lot of magic there and it was an amazing night. Rita seemed really, really into me, but I still couldn’t quite believe it.

‘Me and Rita met up a few more times after that and had some more amazing nights. ‘I’m in love with you,’ she told me one night. She said it so sincerely I wanted to believe her, though it seemed insane.’

But James claimed that one day she just ‘disappeared’ and he realised it was over when he saw her pictured with other men. ‘I was heartbroken. It hit me really hard.’ he said.

Fling: X Factor winner James (pictured) said he first met Rita after she requested a meeting with him in 2012 and claimed they ended up getting together in her tour bus one night

Fling: X Factor winner James (pictured) said he first met Rita after she requested a meeting with him in 2012 and claimed they ended up getting together in her tour bus one night

He later admitted he’d ‘sabotaged’ their romance because of his ‘low self-esteem’, telling This Morning: ‘You’ve got to like yourself, love yourself. I was beating myself up, I don’t have much self-worth. That was probably the main issue.’

Afterwards James says he became a sex addict. He said: ‘If I’m honest, I became a bit of a sl*g after Rita. I was chatting to hundreds of women online or on Whats-App after swapping numbers with them via Twitter, and I started to sleep with so many of them I lost count.

‘For a long time I tried to kid myself I was only doing what any young guy in my position would do, and I also wondered if my extremely high sex drive had something to do with the medication I was on. It didn’t. The simple fact is I have an addictive personality coupled with a high sex drive made me a sex addict.

‘I started bingeing on sex. I became as addicted to sex as I was to weed. I craved sex, I had to have it and I needed it to fill the void and make myself feel better.’

DAVE GARDNER – FLING IN 2013

Rita Ora enjoyed a solo sleepover at the London home of Dave Gardner in February 2013. 

After spending the evening at the football agent’s house, the 22-year-old singer emerged from his front door on Tuesday morning looking somewhat sheepish, wearing the same clothes and shoes as the previous evening. 

As she emerged from Dave’s pad, Rita was wearing the same checked high-waisted trousers and long matching coat as the previous evening.

Party girl: Rita Ora enjoyed a solo sleepover at the London home of Dave Gardner in February 2013

Party girl: Rita Ora enjoyed a solo sleepover at the London home of Dave Gardner in February 2013

A source told MailOnline at the time: ‘Rita seemed to be in a very flirty mood. She was the life and soul of the party and was chatting to everyone.’

Reports also claim she spent the majority of the evening flirting with Dave as the pair grew close during the bash.

Neither ever commented on the encounter.  

CALVIN HARRIS 2013 – 2014

Calvin and Rita were linked in Spring 2013 with the pair dating for about a year.

The DJ and Rita had a romantic and professional relationship, collaborating on Rita’s number one smash hit I Will Never Let You Down.

Rita is said to have been left rather red-faced after learning that her relationship was over via Twitter.

The Scottish DJ took to the social networking site to announce the couple’s year-long romance was over, but it was claimed the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker was unaware her beau was going to release the statement.

Rita has previously said things ‘got weird’ when he wrote and produced the number one track I Will Never Let You Down for her.

Exes: Calvin and Rita were linked in Spring 2013 with the pair dating for about a year (pictured arriving at The Brits in 2014 together)

Exes: Calvin and Rita were linked in Spring 2013 with the pair dating for about a year (pictured arriving at The Brits in 2014 together) 

‘It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he’d never steer me wrong,’ she told Marie Claire.

‘But then I Will Never Let You Down came out, and everything started to go a bit weird. I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.’

Rita added: ‘There was a reason why I split up with him. And there was a reason why I’m at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don’t have to explain myself to anybody…’

After their split, Calvin reportedly ‘banned’ Rita from performing the song at the Teen Choice Awards that August.

Awkward: After their split, Calvin reportedly 'banned' Rita from performing the song at the Teen Choice Awards that August (pictured in 2013)

Awkward: After their split, Calvin reportedly ‘banned’ Rita from performing the song at the Teen Choice Awards that August (pictured in 2013) 

RICKY HIL 2014  – 2015

Rita and Tommy Hilfiger’s son, Ricky Hil, confirmed their relationship in August 2014, only to split after 14 months of the on/off romance.

They got together the summer after she broke up with Calvin. 

Together: Rita and Tommy Hilfiger's son, Ricky Hil, confirmed their relationship in August 2014, only to split after 14 months of the on/off romance

Together: Rita and Tommy Hilfiger’s son, Ricky Hil, confirmed their relationship in August 2014, only to split after 14 months of the on/off romance

The decision to end their one-year-relationship was said to be ‘mutual’ although neither have commented on the news. Rita was busy filming the X Factor at the time while Ricky, a hip-hop artist and the son of designer Tommy Hilfiger, was based in America.

A$AP ROCKY – 2015

Rocky had a fling with Rita in 2015. The rapper later sparked controversy when he included explicit lyrics about his rumoured ex in his single Better Things.

ASAP – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – later admitted his comments about Rita were ‘tasteless’.

‘I’m not looking at it like ‘you’re upsetting me’ because I don’t actually give a s***,’ Rita told Hot 97 Radio Station about it. ‘I think about it and I don’t want people to think it’s OK to speak about women like that. That’s it.’

Brief: Rocky had a fling with Rita in 2015. The rapper later sparked controversy when he included explicit lyrics about his rumoured ex in his single Better Things (Rocky pictured with Rihanna)

Brief: Rocky had a fling with Rita in 2015. The rapper later sparked controversy when he included explicit lyrics about his rumoured ex in his single Better Things (Rocky pictured with Rihanna) 

She added: ‘I don’t care what you say about me. I don’t give a flying f***. That’s just how it is, but you know got to keep it moving. I’m very happy with what I do and I’m proud of who I am and what I represent.’

Rocky later admitted the lyrics were ‘tasteless’, and while Rita hadn’t heard about his response – she said it was ‘nice’ of him to admit.

‘Still said it though,’ she added laughing. ‘But that was nice.’   

TRAVIS BARKER – 2015

Rita had a month-long fling with Kourtney Kardashian’s now husband in the Autumn of 2015. 

It’s rumoured that Travis put the breaks on the romance due to not wanting to be in a ‘serious relationship’. 

Edgy: Rita had a month-long fling with Kourtney Kardashian's now husband in the Autumn of 2015

Edgy: Rita had a month-long fling with Kourtney Kardashian’s now husband in the Autumn of 2015

ANDREW WATT 2016 – 2017

Rita enjoyed a year-long romance with fellow musician Andrew in 2016, before splitting, with the star revealing her single status during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show. 

ANDREW GARFIELD – 2018

The singer and the Hollywood actor had a steamy four month fling before Andrew called time on their fling for a ‘more private life’, with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation after the Garfield split. 

Rita and Spiderman actor Andrew reportedly embarked on their romance at the end of 2018.

Complicated: The singer and the Hollywood actor had a steamy four month fling before Andrew (pictured) called time on their fling for a 'more private life', with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation after the Garfield split

Complicated: The singer and the Hollywood actor had a steamy four month fling before Andrew (pictured) called time on their fling for a ‘more private life’, with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation after the Garfield split

But by March 2019, it was all over with a friend telling The Mirror: ‘The relationship just fizzled out. It’s sad but they have both accepted the situation and moved on.’

The Girls hitmaker was first linked to the actor in 2018 after they spotted walking side-by-side in London.

ROMAIN GAVRAS 2020 – 2021 

The French director, who is based in London and directed music videos for US rappers Kanye West and Jay Z, began dating Rita following her split from Andrew.

Boyfriends: The French director began dating Rita following her split from Andrew

Boyfriends: The French director began dating Rita following her split from Andrew

The pair enjoyed a whirlwind romance during their brief relationship with exotic holidays in Ibiza and Corfu. 

In October 2020, the pair sparked engagement rumours when Rita was seen wearing a huge rock on a her engagement finger.

A source close to Rita told MailOnline said of their breakup: ‘Rita and Romain tried to make it work but they both agreed it wasn’t meant to be. 

‘They remain close but it was simply impossible to maintain a relationship where they barely saw each other.

‘And given both their busy schedules for 2021, the writing was very much on the wall towards the end of last year.’

Rita and Romain went their separate ways weeks after her Covid rule breaking 30th birthday party at a Notting Hill restaurant on November 21 2020. 

A spokeswoman for Romain, 39, confirmed to MailOnline: ‘Rita and Romain split up months ago because of difficulties with their respective work commitments. 

‘They remain close friends.’

TAIKA WAITITI 2020 – PRESENT 

The couple began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, and were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage within months, a source told New Idea

The Hot Right Now hitmaker and the Thor: Love And Thunder director, 46, have both been pictured with gold bands on their ring fingers in recent days – sparking speculation they had already tied the knot. 

Rita and Taika started dating in March 2021, before going public with their romance that August. 

The couple got engaged two months ago, and sources now claim that they are planning a huge party to celebrate their secret wedding with friends and family.

Love forever: Rita and Taika started dating in March 2021, before going public with their romance that August (pictured in March 2022)

Love forever: Rita and Taika started dating in March 2021, before going public with their romance that August (pictured in March 2022) 

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