They say that good things come in threes – just ask Rita Ora. Last week, the singer was plunged into the centre of a “throuple” media storm, after being pictured apparently sharing a “three-way kiss” with her director boyfriend Taika Waititi and actress Tessa Thompson.
The trio were loving life after an all-night party at Taika’s home in Sydney, Australia, as they sipped cocktails and snuggled up together on the balcony. But while snogging was apparently the order of the day, Rita has since remained tight-lipped, and refused to explain the nature of their “friendship” – despite sources telling us that she’s facing all kinds of pressure to “tone it down”. As far as she’s concerned, she can do what and who she wants.
“It’s no secret that Rita is very sexually free and adventurous,” says an insider close to the singer, who’s been dating Taika since March, after splitting from director Romain Gavras earlier this year.
“Taika has really taken her by surprise, because it’s her first relationship in a long time where the guy hasn’t been jealous or insecure – he likes to party and loves her adventurous spirit. Rita feels free to be herself around him, which is partly why she’s had no qualms about getting so friendly with Tessa [who’s currently filming the Thor: Ragnarok sequel, directed by Taika]. All her friends are asking what the hell is going on between them – whether they’re an official ‘throuple’ or just having a bit of fun, but Rita’s been playing it coy.”
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Back in November, Rita, 30, was slammed for breaking lockdown rules, after hosting a birthday party for 30 friends in London, and she’s since faced criticism for defiantly loving life in Australia, which is mostly COVID-free with minimal restrictions, while she films The Voice Australia.
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As the world slowly returns to normal, it’s no surprise that Rita’s in a celebratory mood – and last week’s pictures show her really enjoying herself, as she kissed Taika, 45, and sat nose- to-nose with Tessa, 37, who had her legs draped over the singer. Tessa and Taika also kissed at one point.
But our sources tell us that her management and friends are worried about her courting even more controversy with her boozy behaviour – especially as she seems to be increasingly unbothered about upsetting her fans.
“Rita feels as though the public don’t really understand what’s going on, and are too judgemental to even try and get it,” says our source. “She just wants to have fun, and Taika and Tessa seem to be giving her what she wants.”
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