If you've heard it on the radio, you've probably wondered: Is Calvin Harris' new single, "Blame," about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Rita Ora? It's a good question! "Blame" tells the story of a man who feels guilty about cheating on his partner, but isn't willing to accept responsibility for his actions. "Blame it on the night, don't blame it on me," British singer John Newman pleads on the song's frenzied chorus. Later, he apologizes and says that he'll "be better" in the future. Uh, Harris? Is there something that you need to get off your chest?
Harris announced the end of his relationship with Ora at the beginning of June on Twitter, but the circumstances surrounding the couple's breakup are still unknown. Is the story in "Blame" based actual events that took place while Harris and Ora were still dating?
Sorry to disappoint, but no, it's not.
Harris set the record straight about "Blame" in an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Sept. 5, revealing that Newman actually wrote the lyrics to the song entirely by himself. In response to an article posted on Ryan Seacrest's website at the end of August that suggested that "Blame" could be about Ora, Harris said, "...it definitely isn't. [Newman] wrote that song."
Well, this seems like a pretty open-and-shut case!
Though Harris and Ora's relationship appeared to have ended amicably at first, controversy arose last month when Harris wouldn't allow Ora to perform "I Will Never Let You Down" at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. Ora told Seacrest in an interview on Aug. 12:
For anybody who doesn’t understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song, so he has to approve anything TV-wise for anybody who doesn’t get it. And obviously he owns the rights to it and he didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.
Harris fired back on Twitter shortly after:
Wow. In other words, don't expect Harris to open up about his relationship with Ora in his music anytime soon! Check out the steamy music video for "Blame" below.