While Rita Ora's song, Girls, is hailed as a bisexual anthem, it has proved to be divisive on several levels. While Ora effectively "came out of the closet" after releasing the song, she was not met with praise; rather she incited vitriol after it was alleged that she was "fuelling the male gaze" by sexualizing female relationships.
The 27-year-old was later forced to issue an apology, wherein she claimed that she did not "intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people".
"Hello everyone reading this. Girls was written to represent a 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," the pop-star wrote in a statement posted to Twitter;
"I am sorry how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone. I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ+ people or anyone. Looking forward, I hope that continuing to express myself through my art will empower my fans to feel as proud of themselves as I’m learning to feel about who I am. I’m ever thankful to my fans for teaching me to love myself no matter what. I have strived to be a contributor to the LGBTQ+ community throughout my entire career and always will be."
And now, as it transpires, the song was actually purportedly inspired by another household name: Cara Delevingne. And this naturally confirms years of speculation that the two girls were more than just girl-friends.
"She has been honest with pals about what went on with her and Cara and, during the recording process in the studio, she was happy to discuss the model being the main influence behind the track," an unidentified source informed The Sun.
Well, I don't know about you, but the lyrics behind Girls - which also feature the vocals of Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX - suddenly make a lot more sense. For example, in Bebe Rexha's section of the song, she croons, "You know I tamed it, and then I named it. I put the lion in the cage and then I laid with her."
This line is likely a reference to the lion tattoo that Delevingne has on her index finger, even though Ora would be using a moniker for the actress in the song, as the woman in question (or Delevingne) is referred to as "Lara" on the single.
Delevingne - who is openly bisexual, and a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights - had actually defended Girls before it came out that she was the inspiration behind it.
"I don't think it's right to say her experience and her words are wrong," the model and actress told Paper magazine. "If she hadn't ever felt that way and it wasn't true then that would be weird. She's being proud of something and saying it."
Well, there you have it folks: there's a story behind absolutely everything.