Rita Ora opens up about anxiety battle: “I see a therapist every week”

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Rita Ora, who has just been announced as the new host of America’s Next Top Model, regularly performs in front of thousands of people.

But the 25-year-old songstress has now, in a revealing new interview, admitted that she struggles with anxiety.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan , Rita praised Zayn Malik for opening up about the mental health issue earlier this year – and said that it was his honesty that had inspired her to speak out about her own experiences.

“I’m so glad someone has spoken about it,” she said. "I'm not scared to admit I've had therapy.

"I have someone I speak to once a week.”


Rita, who once suffered a mild panic attack during an episode of The X Factor, continued to explain that her feelings of anxiety can come on at any time.

She said: “People suffer from it in different ways, but for me it's more about thinking about the long-term goal.

"I'm a very 'in the moment' person, so if I have to do something there and then, I'll be fine. But if I think about it, that's when anxious thoughts start going on."

Rita now has a strong support system in place to help ease her anxiety – which includes her older sister Elena, who works for her.

However, while she has found a means of coping with her own nervousness, she was keen to explain that anyone can be affected by feelings of anxiety – even if they’re the loudest and most seemingly confident person in the room.

“I was never the quiet one – I was always the girl with the annoying laugh,” she said. “I still am. It’s very potent and loud.

 “[But] I get so nervous because I care so much. I get nervous about recording a song in the studio.”

She added: “I’ve worked really hard since I can remember. People get confused with what they see and only see ‘Rita parties’.

“They don’t see the 16-hour days I work. You have to work incredibly hard to survive in this industry now.”

Rita’s revelations come just a few weeks after she was hospitalised for exhaustion.

Taking to Twitter in June, she shared a photo of herself hooked up to an IV drip, and captioned it: “Today was pretty tough but I’m getting through it thank you to all of you for the support!

“I love you!! #exhaustionisreal.” 

The Grateful singer had been left feeling overwhelmed after recording new music, filming 50 Shades Darker, and appearing at Glastonbury.

The singer also faced stress when she attended the trial of Charaf Elmoudden, who had burgled her home in November 2015.

Rita gave evidence in court from behind a curtain as her 999 call was played to the jury.

Elmoudden was found guilty.

You can read the rest of Rita Ora’s interview with Cosmopolitan when it hits newsstands on September 3.

Image: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.