Rita Ora: Calvin Harris didn't cause album delay
Rita Ora insists Calvin Harris never caused the delay of her second album.
The 'I Will Never Let You Down' hitmaker had worked on four tracks with the Scottish DJ, but when they ended their relationship he blocked her from using them, although she insists it was just her busy schedule that kept her out of the recording studio, meaning she hadn't had time to do much work on her LP.
She said: "I have to be very clear - there was never a record.
"There were about four tracks that were building into a record but it was never like, 'OK, we're ready to go'.
"'I Will Never Let You Down' came out because I wanted to put it out there and then because that's how I felt at that point in my life.
"I wasn't thinking, 'Well what are you going to follow it up with Rita?' I was like, 'I don't care, we're putting it out.'
"So I had to finish the record and I never really got round to it because I was touring around, then I was promoting 'I Will Never...', then I started to shoot 'Southpaw' then ... personally, things didn't go to plan."
The 24-year-old star felt it best to take time out to recover from her heartbreak instead of "wasting" time and money attempting to work on the record.
She added: "I was in a moment in my life where I knew that if I walked into a recording studio, you're not gonna get the best work out of me.
"So I'm not gonna waste people's money and time to do something that I know I'm probably not gonna like when I'm in a good pace."
And Rita insists she isn't upset at losing the tracks she worked on with Calvin because she has some "greater" ones instead.
She told Glamour magazine: "They're great tunes. But it's OK, we can make greater tunes. We have made greater tunes. It's absolutely fine."