Rita Ora talks about her love for filmmaker Taiki Waititi

The singer, 31, insists she is head over heels with the filmmaker, 47, and hints she is planning another big wedding in London for her friends and family.

Rita Ora has spoken of her love for husband Taiki Waititi in a rare interview after secretly tying the knot earlier this summer.

'I'm very much in love - I always wanted the fairytale': Rita Ora, 31, has spoken about her love for husband Taiki Waititi in a rare interview after secretly tying the knot earlier this summer

‘I’m very much in love – I always wanted the fairytale’: Rita Ora, 31, has spoken about her love for husband Taiki Waititi in a rare interview after secretly tying the knot earlier this summer

Pop star Rita who has never explicitly confirmed the marriage – although her close friends have, says she took inspiration from her parents – her mother Vera and her father Besnik – in her search for love after learning from their strong more than 30-year relationship.

‘But I love love as well. I’ve always been such a believer in it and I’ve always felt like I always wanted the fairytale and that’s what I grew up loving.’

She said on Jaime Winstone’s Greatest Night Ever podcast: ‘I’m in love. I’m very much in love. I’m in love, I’m in love, amen!

Romance: The singer insists she is head over heels with the filmmaker, 47, and hinted she is planning another big wedding in London for her friends and family

Romance: The singer insists she is head over heels with the filmmaker, 47, and hinted she is planning another big wedding in London for her friends and family

On her mum and dad, she added: ‘My parents have been together for over 30 years, so for me it was always about love and finding a partner and all that, so I’m really happy I did.

It emerged Rita had married Taika Waititi in an intimate ceremony in London in August.  

‘I made that choice. It made me happy and I love Taika. He’s so funny and lovely.’

The Hot Right Now hitmaker and the Thor: Love And Thunder director were both pictured with gold bands on their ring fingers in the days around their wedding – sparking speculation they had already tied the knot.

At the time, the star was said to have changed her surname, meaning she will now be known as Mrs Waititi-Ora.

Rita and Taika started dating in March 2021, before going public with their romance that August.

Heartwarming: Pop star Rita says she took inspiration from her parents - her mother Vera and her father Besnik - in her search for love

Heartwarming: Pop star Rita says she took inspiration from her parents – her mother Vera and her father Besnik – in her search for love

A source told The Sun at the time: ‘It was a really intimate ceremony and super special for everyone there. Their nearest and dearest can see how madly in love they are.

The couple got engaged two before their August wedding, with sources claiming they were planning a huge party to celebrate their secret wedding with friends and family.

Glitz? The singe sparked wedding speculation this summer when she was seen wearing a gold band on her ring finger

Glitz? The singe sparked wedding speculation this summer when she was seen wearing a gold band on her ring finger

‘Despite living in the spotlight, Rita is determined to keep the relationship as private as possible and didn’t want to make a big song and dance about the wedding.

It was reported in June that the couple were to wed one another after almost simultaneously popping the question.

‘Rita’s already back in the studio working on her third album, with her latest session being with Ava Max and Noah Cyrus’ writer Rollo.’  

It is understood that Rita, who is working on several films and The Voice Australia, and Taika, who is planning a string of movies, hope to tie the knot once their work commitments have wrapped up.

The British singer and the filmmaker were said to be planning an imminent, low-key ceremony abroad before celebrating with their fellow A-listers in a big London bash later this year.

‘They didn’t do a whole, ‘Will you marry me?’ thing and an Instagram post.

A friend told The Sun: ‘This isn’t about them doing a big showy thing and crowing about it beforehand. It’s just about them being in love and deciding the time is right to formalise their relationship. They couldn’t be happier.

In August, the couple, who began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage, a source told New Idea.

‘There’s no ring or big build-up. They just got closer and closer and eventually said to each other almost simultaneously, ‘I want to marry you.”  

Bling: She modelled dazzling outfits yet it was her jewellery that caught the eye

Bling: She modelled dazzling outfits yet it was her jewellery that caught the eye

Sizzling: Rita delighted fans with a photo dump this summer as she shared sultry snaps from her recent getaway in Paris, with a noticeable new addition on her wedding finger

Sizzling: Rita delighted fans with a photo dump this summer as she shared sultry snaps from her recent getaway in Paris, with a noticeable new addition on her wedding finger

‘Everyone around them downplays it as flirty banter, but [Rita is] definitely hoping he’s for real,’ they continued, adding that she is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with him.

‘Taika calls Rita ‘wifey’ all the time and chats about how he’s going to be her first and last husband,’ the insider said.

Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley, but the pair are believed to have quietly split in 2018.

At the time, Rita had reportedly started joking about getting married in a ‘quick, hippy-dippy’ Californian ceremony, and then celebrating with a bigger party at a later date.

Married man? Rita and Taika fuelled speculation that they has married after the Thor director was seen sporting a wedding band this summer

Married man? Rita and Taika fuelled speculation that they has married after the Thor director was seen sporting a wedding band this summer

The pair share two daughters: Te Hinekāhu, ten, and Matewa Kiritapu, six.  

The songstress thanked the director for ‘being cool’ as she posted a previously unseen throwback of the pair in 2018 – three years before their romance began.

In February, Rita reflected on her relationship with Taika as she shared a gushing Valentine’s Day post.

Before either of them shot to super stardom Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’ 

Before Taika, Rita romanced a string of big names, starting back in her pre-fame years.

After Bruno, the singer dated reality star Rob Kardashian for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and their incompatible lifestyles.

‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and starting out at Roc Nation. Bruno was unknown back then too. He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought: ‘Wow, that’s just the world’s greatest guy!”

Rita has also enjoyed flings with rapper A$AP Rocky, actor Andrew Garfield and rocker Travis Barker.

She then had high-profile relationships with the likes of DJ Calvin Harris, musician Andrew Watt and designer Tommy Hilfiger’s son Ricky.