Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Never Meant for That Duet with Liam to Cause Any Trouble for Him and Cheryl, Says Rita Ora

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Never Meant for That Duet with Liam to Cause Any Trouble for Him and Cheryl, Says Rita Ora

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Byline: Alistair Foster meets Rita Ora

RITA ORA has spoken for the first time about the duet with Liam Payne that fuelled rumours he had split up with his partner Cheryl.

Ora, 27, said she never wanted to cause controversy with the performance of For You, the official single for the latest Fifty Shades film, on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in the US.

A subsequent performance at the Brit Awards with Cheryl, 34, in the audience featured toned-down choreography.

Last year Payne, 24, formerly of One Direction, and Cheryl welcomed a son, Bear. He has admitted to ES Magazine that they have been through a "tense" patch.

Ora said she deliberately kept quiet during the "difficult situation". "Just imagine being the person in that situation," she said. "I obviously tried to respect Cheryl and everything that was going down at the time.

"I was very professional, as was Liam, and I completely stayed out of it. We had one goal to promote the single, and we did just that."

Ora plays Christian Grey's adopted sister Mia in the big-screen adaptations of E L James's erotic bestsellers.

Ora said it was "about f***ing time" that movie producers had also handed her the lead song, because she had been sending them ideas for years. Ellie Goulding scored a worldwide hit when Love Me Like You Do was chosen as the original movie's lead track.

A List joined Ora in the French Riviera, where Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson filmed the scenes for Christian and Ana Grey's honeymoon in the third instalment of the film.

She said: "Getting the soundtrack came in very last minute actually when we were filming. I'd sent the song in months in advance, and they eventually came back and said they couldn't get it out of their heads. They said it was the strongest contender and I was like, 'It's about f***ing time! …

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