Rita Ora’s real name revealed – and why she changed it for pop career

RITA Ora has become a household name thanks to her amazing voice – but not many fans will know that she changed her surname for one particular reason.

The 30-year-old global superstar's real name is actually Rita Sahatciu.

Rita was was born in Pristina, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo), with both parents being of Albanian descent.

The popstar's dad revealed that he added the name Ora as Sahatciu was difficult to pronounce.

Her dad is reported as being a pub owner who previously studied economics.

Meanwhile, her mum Vera is a psychiatrist who works for the NHS – She was called on to the frontline during the coronavirus outbreak.

Rita spent the first year of her life in a small flat in Kosovo before her parents fled persecution and the rumblings of war and genocide.

To escape this the family fled to the UK when she was aged one.

In April 2020, Rita opened up about "escaping persecution" as her family joined the million other Albanians who escaped the country during a decade-long war.


It comes as Rita and her boyfriend Taika Waititi are already talking about getting married, according to a new report.

The couple started dating in March of this year after meeting in Australia and are now living in LA together as their whirlwind romance goes from strength to strength.

According to New Idea, an insider said: “Taika calls Rita "wifey" all the time and chats about how he's going to be her first and last husband.

“Everyone around them downplays it as flirty banter, but Rita is definitely hoping he's for real.”

Singer Rita has reportedly been joking with pals that they’ll marry in a “quick, hippy-dippy” ceremony before celebrating with a bigger bash later. 

Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley but split in 2018, while Rita has never tied the knot before.

Speaking last week about meeting Down Under, Rita said:  “I think it was such a great place, Australia, the sun was shining and it was just natural. And I'm just in a very happy place.”

Last week besotted Rita, 30, threw a star studded bash for Taika’s 46th birthday at her home in LA. 

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