Rita Ora has said the ‘highlight’ of her life was meeting music icon Madonna and she revealed that their first meeting brought her to her knees – like literally.
The singer, 30, is currently out in Australia to film the new season of The Voice down under, but she stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss her new album and her most star-struck moments.
Appearing virtually, Rita said that meeting Madonna was a huge deal for her, describing the Holiday hit-maker as one of the ‘biggest idols of time’.
While Rita said that she had an ‘amazing moment’ with Madonna when she got to meet her, she admitted that the whole encounter was actually pretty awkward.
‘I had an amazing moment with her. Very awkward, but also very unbelievable,’ Rita said, as she explained Madonna had wanted to help her ‘find her light’ by, err, getting on the floor.
‘She really just made me find my light and by doing that we had to kneel on the floor,’ Rita said.
She joked: ‘I thought it was Like A Prayer in real-life that was happening to me.’
Admitting she was overcome with nerves on meeting her idol, Rita continued: ‘I had to actually go and breathe in the bathroom before I actually did meet her… this was earlier in my career and I was doing a campaign for her – a clothing line – and then she came to meet me.
‘I loved it and then I just couldn’t breathe and [Madonna] was like, “This is just not my light, let’s get down,” and I thought, “What? What’s happening?” and so we did… whatever she says, we were going to do.’
Rita’s trip to Australia comes after she faced backlash in the UK for going against coronavirus restrictions to host a dinner party for her 30th birthday in November.
The I Will Never Let You Down singer enjoyed dinner with a group of friends at a restaurant in Notting Hill, that has since had its license temporarily suspended.
Following the rule break, Rita had to pay a £10,000 fine and issued an apology, urging fans not to make the same mistakes she had.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk,’ she said in a statement.
‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility. I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.
‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
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