Rita Ora

Rita Ora 'sorry' for breaking lockdown rules to attend birthday party

The singer says she attended a party at a restaurant in west London on Saturday.

"Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility," she wrote in a statement.

It's reported up to 30 people were at the party, although she describes the event as a "small gathering".

She says it was a "spur of the moment" decision.

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed officers went to the Casa Cruz restaurant after a report about a potential breach of Covid lockdown regulations.

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Rita Ora to host EMA in London

The ceremony is being held in London for the first time in more than 20 years.

"I've always watched it, since I was younger," says Rita, who was born in Kosovo. "I've always kind of had memories from the MTV EMAs and I'm from Europe."

The singer will perform her new music at the event on 12 November at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the venue news in February as part of his London Is Open campaign.

Mr Khan said it was proof England's capital hadn't become "insular" since the UK voted to leave the EU in last year's referendum.

Rita Ora, Royal Blood and Haim bring new music

She also debuted a previously unheard track featuring Charli XCX and Raye called Girls, bringing both stars on stage.

"It was the first time I have played either of those live," she tells Newsbeat after her set, in blazing sunshine.

"I wanted to do that because I wanted to give the listeners just a little taster of the brand new stuff."

She admits she had no idea how the crowd would respond.

"I haven't done something like that in two years or something," she says.

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