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Rita Ora's cardio nightmares

Rita Ora's love of food means she has to work out even when she doesn’t want to.

The Poison singer often puts her fabulous figure on display in revealing outfits or stage costumes. But keeping in shape can be hard when she doesn’t like the exercise she's doing.

“About five minutes ago at home when my trainer said, ‘Let’s carry on working out,’ and I’d had enough,” she told Q magazine when asked when she had last said ‘No’. “He does a really great job, but I was running and I hate it, cardio is my worst nightmare. I don’t work out every day, but I try to do as much as I can because the thing is I love to eat so, you know, you have to balance it out.”

The 24-year-old has a jam-packed schedule, promoting her music as well as taking on her new role as a judge on this year’s series of The X Factor UK. It can all get a little too much for Rita sometimes, but there's one person whose book helps her get by.

“I really loved The Woman I Wanted to Be by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg,” she revealed. “She’s such a powerful, inspirational, hard-working woman and I really loved her as a designer and she does so much for charity. I was really interested to see how she coped.”

Knowing how to manage the pressures of fame and a jetsetting lifestyle is something that Rita is still figuring out. While she is a lot better at looking after herself physically and mentally, she can still get knocked out by the speed at which she has to live her life sometimes.

“I always feel like I’m losing the plot,” she laughed. “But I think two years ago in Miami was the last time I really lost it. I was just having a photoshoot and I was really tired because I hadn’t slept for about three days and I got sort of delirious and then I collapsed because it was all just getting too much.”

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