content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Rita Ora Explains How She Wound Up on the Floor With Madonna the First Time They MetThe pop star described the 2013 encounter as “very awkward,” but “amazing.”
March 3, 2021
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Rita Ora's first encounter with Madonna may not have gone exactly how she imagined it would, but the pop star insists that getting to meet her music idol was still “amazing” and the most starstruck she's ever felt.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ora revealed, “The highlight of my life is obviously Madonna, that's one of the biggest idols of all time. I had an amazing moment with her, very awkward, but also very unbelievable.” That awkward, but amazing moment came in 2013 when the pop star was hand-selected by Madonna to star in the campaign for her and her daughter Lola's clothing line, Material Girl. An honor Ora once called “one of the biggest complements I had in a while.”
Ora said she was so excited to be in the presence of the pop icon that she “had to go and breathe in the bathroom” before the shoot. "She really just made me find my light, and by doing that we had to kneel on the floor," Ora explained. “And I thought it was ‘Like a Prayer,’ in real life that was happening to me…I just couldn't breathe and then she was like ‘This is not my light. Let's get down,’” motioning for both of them to get on the floor. “I thought, ‘What? What's happening?’” But despite being baffled by the request, the pop star went along with it. Ora concluded with a laugh, “And so we did! I said, ‘Whatever she says we're gonna do!’”
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