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Watch: Despite Backlash Over LGBTQ Themes, Rita Ora's 'Girls' Gets Music Video

Wednesday Jun 6, 2018
Rita Ora in the music video for "Girls."
Rita Ora in the music video for "Girls."  (Source:YouTube Still)

Rita Ora's new single "Girls" was met with backlash and controversy after queer musicians and music fans took issue with the song's lyrics, forcing Ora and the track's collaborators (singers Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha and rapper Cardi B) to apologize for the song. Nevertheless, "Girls" just got a music video.

In the video, directed by Helmi, Ora appears in a jungle-like paradise, surrounded by women. Each musician gets highlighted in the clip, with Charli singing her part in the woods, Rexha performing in a glass hallway that looks like it was recorded on VHS, and Cardi B appears as a huge hologram.

After queer pop stars Haley Kyoko and Kehlani took issue with "Girls," releasing statements on Twitter, Ora apologized for the song, saying "Girls" was "written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey." Both Cardi and Charlie apologized for the song as well.

Watch the "Girls" video below.

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