But despite her mess-less settlement with the New York hip-hop mogul, she believes there were underlying motives on Hov’s behalf that would explain why things didn’t work out during her time as a Roc Nation signee.
In a new interview with The Sun Times titled The Reinvention of Rita Ora, the singer said that the separation was evenly agreed upon from both parties. However, she felt sexism played a part in why she didn’t succeed at the label, which houses wide-ranging talents such as Rihanna, Shakira, Rapsody and Willow Smith.
“I want to find the right word here, and maybe this is my interpretation,” she says of that period now, “but I do feel I got discriminated against because I was a woman. I almost felt — maybe this is just my interpretation — I could have had a better chance if I’d been male.”
The article also points out that she has bumped into Jay and Roc Nation’s president Jay Brown following the lawsuit, and things have fortunately remained cordial. That’s even among another major controversy between Hov and the “Body On Me” singer sparked by the BeyHive’s quest to track down the disgraceful “Becky with the good hair.” Ora fueled speculation of the title, (coined by Beyoncé’s Lemonade denotation of her husband’s mistress) back in April 2016 by sporting lemon-printed lingerie on Snapchat. She snatched the photo down shortly after, but the rumors already began making waves.
“Hey, all I want to say to that is, dude, if I were [Becky with the good hair], wouldn’t I actually have to have good hair?” she said before pointing out her extension tresses. “It’s all weave and extensions. And, I mean, Beyoncé? Omigod. She’s the nicest person, bestest person I have ever met in the whole industry. I’m not just saying that. I’d die for her. Nobody can ever say anything wrong about that woman in front of me. I get emotional just talking about it.”
Does she have a point, BeyHive?
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