Rita Ora stills looks up to Jay Z after Roc Nation lawsuit drama
The singer respects "hustlers"
Singer Rita Ora still views former mentor Jay Z as one of her idols, despite the fact she recently engaged in a heated lawsuit with his record label Roc Nation.
The 25-year-old British star signed on to the rap mogul's imprint in 2008, but things turned sour when the company sued her for breaking her recording contract and failing to deliver the albums she was meant to. Ora shot back with claims of neglect, and reached an out of court settlement in June (16) with Roc Nation.
But in the forthcoming September (16) issue of the UK's Cosmopolitan magazine, Rita makes it clear she harbours no bad feelings against Jay Z and his wife Beyonce Knowles, noting the power couple are people she highly respects to this day.
“There are people I respect strictly for their hustling business purposes," she explains. "Victoria Beckham for one. She’s an incredible inspiration and I love her stuff. And she came from the Spice Girls – major! Jay is one of my idols and Beyonce is obviously the queen of life. I’ll never not appreciate the experience I have had with them and the things I’ve seen. They’ve been great mentors. I look up to them a lot.”
Just weeks after settling with bosses at Roc Nation, Rita signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records, and the prospect of making new music is both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time.
But the stunning I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker is relying on ongoing psychotherapy sessions to help her cope with whatever anxiety issues comes up for her as she works on a second album.
“I’m not scared to admit I’ve had therapy," she reveals. "I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer from it in different ways, but for me it’s more about thinking about the long-term goal. I’m a very ‘in the moment’ 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 on.”
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