Rita Ora and Taika Waititi's love story: How cozy hugging photos sparked rumors of secret romance
The couple has been spotted spending time together and they have also been seen with a number of other celebrities
Looks like singer Rita Ora has a new man in her life and it's none other than 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi. The pair have reportedly been seeing each other on the down-low for a while now and have been spotted enjoying dates together.
The couple is currently in Australia where Waititi is shooting 'Thor: Love and Thunder' and Ora is currently working on 'The Voice Australia'. While they have been spending time together, the couple has also been spotted with multiple celebrities.
When did they start dating?
As reported by The Sun, the pair began dating sometime in early March when they were seen attending a fancy dress party alongside Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba. Dhowre Elba shared images of the same. Their relationship was later confirmed by a source. "They've been a couple since early March but kept things low key. However, all their friends know about the relationship. They're really into each other," is what the source had to say.
The couple was seen not too long ago spending time with Chris Hemsworth, his wife Elsa and Matt Damon, where they were exiting a private jet after a trip to the Gold Coast. Ora was also spotted with actor Russell Crowe as the two of them embarked on a bike ride. Crowe is currently working alongside Waititi on 'Thor: Love and Thunder'. Apart from this, the couple was also spotted at Big Poppas bar on Oxford Street in Sydney with celeb gossip Instagram account DeuxMoi describing the couple as being "all over each other".
Is Taiki Waititi married?
Waititi married filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley in 2011 and the couple also have two children together — Te Hinekāhu and Matewa Kiritapu. However, as reported by Wonderwall in 2020, the couple split and had been reportedly separated for two years around that time. Winstanely, who also worked on the award-winning 'Jojo Rabbit', spoke about their relationship briefly in New Zealand Herald.
"I'm just sick of women portrayed as living in the shadow of their partners, that's all," she said. "I made one film with him, I was a film-maker before I met him and I continue to do my own stuff," she added. It does seem like the former couple are on amicable terms, seeing that they have been photographed together post their split at events such as the 2020 Oscars, the 2020 BAFTAs and even a Lakers Basketball game that year.
Social media is not a fan
Twitter had a few opinions about the couple's relationship and unfortunately, netizens weren't too thrilled to know about the director getting together with the artist. "i have seen the reports of rita ora and taika waititi and i just want to know what albanian witchcraft she is engaging in," asked a user. "I just learned Taika Waititi is dating Rita Ora and she may have a cameo in Thor: Love And Thunder. I thought he was married with children. Don't cheapen production to help out your girlfriends career," said another, although there has been no official report or confirmation about Ora's cameo in the upcoming Marvel film.
"This morning: Taika Waititi to appear on Drag Race Down Under. Rejoice. This evening: Taika Waititi is dating Rita Ora," tweeted a fan. One fan had an explanation for the cozy picture and wrote: "Rita Ora is dating Tessa Thompson and she’s just hugging Taika Waititi bc he set them up," but later joked, "For practical and legal reasons, the previous tweet is a joke."
"Sorry I know it’s not lod related but Taika Waititi has made some of my favourite films ever and he’s dating Rita Ora ??" tweeted another. "Rita Ora and Taika Waititi dating is the worst news I’ve ever heard and I am living through the covid-19 pandemic. You know, the one during which she paid off a restaurant so she could have a secret bday party," added another exasperated user.
i have seen the reports of rita ora and taika waititi and i just want to know what albanian witchcraft she is engaging in— pelin (@onelongpiece) April 28, 2021
I just learned Taika Waititi is dating Rita Ora and she may have a cameo in Thor: Love And Thunder.— ✨🦋𝒞𝓇𝓎𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓁 🦋🌙 (@CelestialxFirex) April 27, 2021
I thought he was married with children.
Don't cheapen production to help out your girlfriends career.
This morning: Taika Waititi to appear on Drag Race Down Under. Rejoice.— Megan Thee Wire (@Megan_Wire) April 23, 2021
This evening: Taika Waititi is dating Rita Ora. pic.twitter.com/mu9xEqPWqL
For practical and legal reasons, the previous tweet is a joke.— RipCity’s Favorite Stay-At-Home Palauan Pansexual (@islandirie) April 24, 2021
Sorry I know it’s not lod related but Taika Waititi has made some of my favourite films ever and he’s dating Rita Ora ?? pic.twitter.com/fThARR7cKX— annie (@dutyofline) April 26, 2021
Rita Ora and Taika Waititi dating is the worst news I’ve ever heard and I am living through the covid-19 pandemic. You know, the one during which she paid off a restaurant so she could have a secret bday party.— Erin Yarnall (@ErinYarnall) April 23, 2021
The couple has neither confirmed nor denied the same, although the singer did share a photo of them together in an Instagram post.