Rita Ora has claimed her former record label discriminated against her because she’s female.
The singer, 27, previously filed a lawsuit to get out of her contract with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, accusing them of neglecting her in favour of other artists, before they counter-sued and then settled the case in 2016.
Although she insists the split from her label was amicable, she thinks she’d have had a ‘better chance’ if she was a man.
She told the Sunday Times magazine: ‘I want to find the right word here, and maybe this is my interpretation,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.’
These days, Rita’s business manager is her older sister Elena, and though they don’t always get along, she’s ‘proud’ of their achievements.
The singer was rumoured to have had an affair with Jay because of the ‘Becky with the good hair’ reference in the rapper’s wife Beyonce’s track Sorry, but Rita insists it couldn’t be further from the truth.
She quipped: ‘Hey, all I want to say to that is, dude, if I were BWTGH, wouldn’t I actually have to have good hair? Look at it. It’s all weave and extensions.
The pop princess joked that she’s Beyonce’s number one fan and would ‘die for her’, so finds the claims all the more laughable.
In 2016, Rita came to an agreement after Roc Nation sued Rita for $2.4 million for breaching the terms of her contract and not providing the required number of albums throughout the years she’s been with them.
Roc Nation claims it signed Rita in 2008 when she was unknown and invested millions in her career. In return she had to deliver 5 albums, but the label says it only got one – her debut album Ora was released in 2012.