Rita Ora still 'incredibly embarrassed’ over lockdown-breaking birthday bash

Rita Ora attending the UK premiere of 50 Shades Darker, at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London. Picture date: Thursday February 9th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Rita Ora said she's still embarrassed. (Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment) (Empics Entertainment)

Rita Ora has admitted she is still “incredibly embarrassed” about her lockdown-breaking 30th birthday party.

The 'How To Be Lonely' singer hit the headlines last year after it was reported that she’d held a bash for up to 30 people at a restaurant in London in November, when at the time it was only permitted for a person to meet up with one other person outside.

Police later said it was an “egregious and notorious” breach of the COVID restrictions.

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Ora - who was also supposed to be isolating at the time because she had been abroad on a trip for work – has now told The Independent: “I still feel embarrassed. And the regret...”

Rita Ora attending the MTV EMAs 2021 at the Laszlo Papp Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by DPPA/Sipa USA)
Rita Ora said she feels regret over the incident. (DPPA/Sipa USA) (SIPA USA/PA Images)

The 31-year-old chart star said it was “hard” for her to talk about the incident.

“I just wish I had made a different choice,” she said.

“It makes me sad because it’s something I wish had never happened.”

The 'How We Do' singer previously said the party was an “inexcusable” error of judgement.

“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 last year.

Rita Ora arrives at THE SUICIDE SQUAD World Premiere held at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, CA on Monday, ?August 2, 2021. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
The singer previously apologised. (Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA) (SIPA USA/PA Images)

"This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement.

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"Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.”

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