Name Rita Ora

Birth name Rita Sahatçiu

Birthday 26 November 1990

Star sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Priština, Kosovo

Rita Ora was born in 1990 to Kosovar-Albanian parents Vera and Besnik. She has a sister, Elena, and a brother, Don.

The family’s surname Sahatçiu means watchmaker in Albanian but Rita’s father added Ora – which means hour – to make it easier to pronounce.

Rita’s parents left their war-ravaged home in 1991 and moved the family to London.

Having started singing from a young age, Rita performed at open mic sessions and sometimes in her dad’s pub.

In 2009 she auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You but later decided that it wasn’t for her.

Rita Ora was spotted by Jay Z later in the year and signed up to his label Roc Nation.

She appeared on DJ Fresh’s 2012 hit Hot Right Now and shortly afterwards released debut single RIP.

The year also saw the release of Rita’s first album, Ora.

In 2013 Rita Ora saw her love life hit the headlines as she started dating DJ Calvin Harris.

Rita and Calvin collaborated on the track I Will Never Let You Down in 2014 but broke up a couple of months later.

The singer has also acted, having landed a role in Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Rita has worked in TV too. She was a judge on The Voice UK in 2015 but jumped shipped later in the year to join The X Factor.

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