Following months of hints that the two were dating (the most notable being that thruple photo with Tessa Thompson), Rita Ora and Taika Waititi finally made things red carpet official at the premiere for The Suicide Squad in August 2021. Shortly after, the two seemed super close and cuter than ever at the Met Gala and Ora recently told Australian Vogue that she is “in a great place” when asked about her new relationship. If you’re as invested in this A-list coupling as I am, keeping scrolling to find out all about their relationship timeline, their most loved-up moments, and why they’re choosing to keep much of their romance out of the spotlight.
March 2021: The Rumours
In April, 2021, a source told The Sun that Waititi and Ora had officially started dating the month previously. The source went on to say that “all their friends know about the relationship” and that “they’re really into each other” but they were keeping things “low key.”
Fans also spotted Ora and Waititi at Big Poppas Bar on Oxford Street in Sydney, according to The Sun, with some saying “they were all over each other.”
April 2021: Rita Posts A Cryptic Photo
Settling into life in Australia, Ora gave a #midweekupdate on Instagram. “Good times, memories, random things on my phone and the ones I love..” she captioned the post, which featured an image of Ora cuddling someone who looked suspiciously like Waititi.
April 2021: The Pair Are Spotted On A Private Jet
That same month the singer was also spotted exiting a private jet with Waititi in Sydney, alongside Thor stars Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon. She was later seen on a bike ride with Russell Crowe (who is also starring in Thor: Love and Thunder) and his fiancé. Her presence among the Thor cast led some to believe she will have a cameo in the movie.
April 2021: Drag Race Date
Later that month, Ora and Waititi attended the at the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. The pair snuck into the venue presumably in hopes of avoiding of avoiding the paparazzi but were spotted being close and cuddly during the event.
May 2021: First Picture Together
In early May, the pair were pictured for the first time together walking along a street in Sydney. Waititi placed his arm around Ora and the two looked very couple-y and cute.
May 2021: Moving In Rumours
Rumours emerged in May that Ora and Waititi had moved in together in Sydney, reportedly occupying the beach home that the Thor: Love and Thunder director was already staying in. However, nothing has been confirmed on this front.
May 2021: That Photo With Tessa Thompson
The photo seen around the world. In May, Waititi, Ora, and Tessa Thompson became the ultimate thruple goals after they were photographed together on set of Thor: Love and Thunder. The three could be seen cuddling, kissing, and enjoying drinks on a terrace.
June 2021: Taiki Waititi Comments On The Thruple Going Viral
During an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Waititi was asked about the thruple photos and, unsurprisingly, the director’s response was cool, calm, and collected. “I think in the world of the internet, everything goes away pretty quick,” he said. When asked whether it was a big deal, Waititi simply replied, “No, not really. I was doing nothing wrong. It’s fine.”
August 2021: Red Carpet Official
Ora and Waititi unexpectedly rocked up to The Suicide Squad red carpet on August 2, debuting as a couple for the first time. The pair couldn’t keep their hands off each other and could be seen beaming as they posed for the cameras making their relationship totally official.
As Metro describes, at one point they “suddenly came over all giddy and were seen joking around with each other” as they made their way into the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
August 2021: Birthday Celebrations
On August 18, Ora posted a collection of photos on Instagram of Waititi’s 46th birthday celebrations.
The first snap sees the happy couple together at dinner, while the rest give a glimpse at the star-studded guest list, which included Kate Beckinsale, Rami Malek, Ashley Benson, and Kristen Stewart.
TV star and magazine editor Vas Morgan, who also attended the birthday bash, commented underneath “My fave couple ever” while Waititi left three emojis: a love heart, a flame, and another love heart.
September 2021: All Loved Up At The Met Gala
The pair looked closer than ever at the Met Gala, posing together and planting kisses on one anther throughout the night.
September 2021: Interview With Australian Vogue
When asked about her new romance in an interview with Australian Vogue, Ora played her cards close to her chest, but did reveal she was in “a great place” in her life. She told Vogue that she’s looking to keep things as private as possible, having learned “a lot” in her 20s.
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