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Rita Ora has issued an apology for lyrics that were deemed by some to be offensive to the LGBTQ community. The song “Girls” which features pop stars Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha contains a hook that talks about being promiscuous with other women.

Singers Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko both expressed discontent over the song. Kehlani didn’t think the lyrics were progressive enough and Kiyoko didn’t like the irresponsible message in the hook, specifically the drinking and kissing girls part.

To avoid controversy Ora took to Twitter to issue an apology. “Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life,” said Ora. “I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey.” Ora also went on to explain that she “would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone.”

This was Ora’s way of coming out and being forthcoming with her own sexuality. The backlash was unexpected, but she took it in stride and understood that when you’re a public figure (to some extent) you have worry about what you say and how you say it.

Katy Perry also had a similar experience with “I Kissed a Girl.” And early this year in an interview with Glamour she explained how she would have approached it differently saying, “If I had to write that song again, I probably would make an edit on it. Lyrically, it has a couple of stereotypes in it. Your mind changes so much in 10 years, and you grow so much. What’s true for you can evolve.”

While the lyrics may seem innocuous and playful, Ora now knows that if you’re going to express yourself even if it’s true to your experience there will always be someone there waiting with a red pen.