Rita Ora Responded To Critics Of Her Song “Girls” By Saying It Was Meant To “Represent [Her] Truth”

“Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey,” she wrote on Twitter. “I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.”

Singer Hayley Kiyoko, who often sings about relationships with women and whose fans call her “lesbian Jesus,” blasted Ora over lyrics like “Sometimes I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls (oh yeah) / Red wine, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls.” Kiyoko called the song “downright tone-deaf.”

She added that the song “just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women.”

Kehlani, a queer musician who worked with Cardi B on the rapper’s debut album, criticized the song for its “awkward slurs, quotes, and moments.” She later tweeted support for the artists involved, but added, “This isn’t about talent. It’s about choice.”

The rapper wrote on Twitter, “If I’m going to apologize for something is [sic] for not knowing what are the right terms to call people.”

In an interview with People magazine following the song’s release, Ora was asked whether she was bisexual or fluid.

“I think the way…If people look at it like that, it’s very narrow-minded, and I don’t think that’s what this record is,” she said. “I don’t think that that even matters. Yeah.”

Ora added that she “definitely” hopes the song becomes a bisexual anthem.

Ora, Kiyoko, Cardi B, and Kehlani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cardi B Clapped Back At Azealia Banks For Calling Her Illiterate And Then Deleted Her Instagram

“I spoke about it for all of two minutes in an interview and you respond by calling me unattractive, mentioning my bleaching my skin, and telling me to ‘suck your ass’, immediately proving yourself to be exactly who I thought you were…”

Her full post is soooooooo much longer than that, but you can read the whole thing here.