The British pop star and New Zealand filmmaker began dating in 2020. They’ve been spotted together at numerous events since then, including the Golden Globes in January 2021 and the Academy Awards in February 2021.
In May 2021, they attended the Met Gala together. In June 2021, they attended the Cannes Film Festival together. And in July 2021, they went to the Toronto International Film Festival together.
They’ve also attended several awards ceremonies together. On Jan. 11, 2020, they attended the Golden Globe Awards together. On Feb. 14, 2020, they attended CinemaCon together. On Apr. 9, 2020, they attended Comic Con Australia together. On Aug. 7, 2020, they attended London Fashion Week together.
On Oct. 4, 2020, they attended BAFTA Los Angeles together. On Nov. 5, 2020, they attended Vanity Fair Oscar Party together. On Dec. 8, 2020, they attended The Hollywood Reporter Power Of Women Luncheon together. On Dec. 10, 2020, they attended Variety Studio 360 Together.
And on Jan. 21, 2021, they attended the Golden Globes together.
2018: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi meet
Rita Ora and Taika Waitei are officially dating. The Kiwi actor posted a photo of himself and his girlfriend on social media on Friday night (February 14), showing off her stunning figure in a black dress. In the image, he wrote: ‘To my love @ritao_ora Happy Valentine’s day 2020’ while she replied with a heart emoji.
The pair began dating in January 2018, shortly after Ora split from her ex Calvin Harris. They’ve been spotted out together many times since, including at Coachella in April 2018.
Ora recently revealed she had been suffering from anxiety attacks, which she blamed on the stress of filming Thor: Ragnarok. She told fans she’d been seeing a therapist about it.
She added: “I’m really happy I found someone who makes me feel safe and loved.”
April 21, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi spark dating rumors
Rita Ora and Taika Waitei sparked romance rumors after the New Zealander posted a photo of his girlfriend on Instagram. In the post, he wrote, “Good times, memories,random things on my phone and those I love… ❤️ #midweekupdate.” He added hashtags “#love,” “#romance,” “#relationship,” and “#couple.”
The couple has been together since 2016 and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. They are both parents to three children.
May 24, 2021: Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, and Tessa Thompson are spotted kissing
A month after Ora and New Zealand director Taika Waititi sparked dating rumors after he posted a photo of himself with her on Instagram, the two were seen together again, this time in Australia. On May 24, the couple was spotted out and about in Sydney, where they were joined by actor Tessa Thompson. As the trio walked down the street, they stopped briefly to chat and pose for photos. Later that night, the three headed inside Waititi’s house to enjoy some drinks. While there, the pair were seen sitting close to each other and sharing a drink. They were later seen exiting the residence, walking arm in arm.
The next day, the trio returned to the same spot, where they posed for another group shot. In the image, Ora and Waititi are leaning against a wall while Thompson stands behind them. She appears to be holding a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
July 1, 2021: Taika Waititi opens up about the kissing photos with Rita Ora and Tessa Thompson
In an interview with the Sydney morning herald, Waititi responded to a photo of himself kissing actress Rita Ora and her co-star Tessa Thompson posted online. He told the paper he was just having fun. “I was doing nothing,” Waititi said. “I was just hanging out with my friends. We were drinking beers and we were joking around. There was no pressure. There was no expectation. It wasn’t like there was anything happening. It was just a couple of mates messing around.”
Waititi added that he had never heard of the #MeToo movement. “I’ve been watching American TV since I was four years old. I don’t know what the hashtag Me Too is,” he said. “I’m not aware of that. I haven’t seen those pictures. I didn’t see those pictures. I saw some pictures of me kissing someone else. But I didn’t see those ones.”
He went on to say that he thought the whole thing was silly. “There’s a lot of people making a fuss over something that doesn’t matter,” he said. “The internet is crazy. Everything goes away very quickly. You’re talking about a picture that was taken 10 years ago. It’s gone now. So why are you getting worked up about it?”
Aug. 2, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi make their red carpet debut
The pair sparked dating rumors earlier this month after they attended the same event together. They looked happy as they walked the red carpet together at the Suicide Squad premiere in Los Angles on Aug. 2.
Ora wore a black dress with a plunging neckline while Waititi opted for a tuxedo suit. Both stars rocked long hair extensions.
Waititi told Entertainment Tonight he had been seeing Ora since January. “I’ve known her for quite some time,” he said. “We’re just friends.”
Sept. 12, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala together
The theme of the event that night was “Celebrating In America: A lexicon of fashion.” The theme of the event was inspired by the exhibition “America: Beauty & Beast,” which opened earlier that day at the Met.
Rita Ora and Taika Waitei attended the gala together. They posed for photos and danced around the room while Jimmy Fallon hosted the show.
Ora wore a custom gown designed by Oscar de la Renta. She paired it with Christian Louboutin heels and a Cartier necklace. Waititi wore a custom tuxedo jacket designed by Tom Ford. He paired it with Gucci shoes and a Rolex watch.
Oct. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Rolling Stones concert
The couple attended a Rolling Stones show in Los Angeles in October 2020, where they were seen attending together. They were both dressed casually in black outfits, with Ora donning a white shirt and a face mask. She wore a pair of sunglasses and a red leather jacket over her outfit.
Waititi was decked out in a dark blue suit with a grey tie. He sported a red-and-black Varsity Jacket, a pink patterned bean hat, and a face mask. He carried a small bag and a guitar case.
Nov. 14, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards
John Phillips/Getty Images Ora and Waititi are officially dating. The Kiwi singer took to Instagram Stories to announce the news. “I’m very happy,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself and Waititi. “He’s my best friend.” She added that she’d been seeing him for about 10 months.
Waititi confirmed the relationship in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “We’re just friends,” he told the outlet. “She’s lovely.” He continued, “She’s one of those people you want to hang around because she makes everything better. I’ve known her since we were kids. We grew up together. We went to school together. We did music together. So it’s nice to see where it goes.”
The pair sparked rumors of romance earlier this month when they were photographed walking hand-in-hand while attending the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. They were later seen kissing during the show.
Nov. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards
Rita Ora and Taika Watiti attended the Walpole British Luxuries Awards in London, England on Nov. 15, 2021. The pair posed for photos together while enjoying the event.
Ora won the prestigious award for her work as an artist. She was presented with the British Artistic icon award during the ceremony.
The awards are given out annually to honor those who have contributed to the world of luxury over the course of the previous 12 months.
Dec. 6, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Being the Ricardos premiere
Rita Ora and Taika Waitei attended the Being the Ricardoses premiere in London on Dec. 6, wearing matching black ensembles.
The British singer looked stunning in a long, fitted dress while her New Zealand co-star wore a tailored suit jacket over a white shirt and tie.
Ora rocked a low ponytail and minimal makeup, while Waititi kept his hair slicked back and sported a full beard.
Feb. 7, 2022: Taika Waititi shows support for Rita Ora
Taika Waititi dedicated an Instagram photo to his friend and fellow filmmaker Ora Roberts, who was recently announced as one of the stars of the upcoming Disney+ live action Beauty and the Beast prequels. In the image, Waititi holds up a poster of Roberts’ character, Belle, while wearing a shirt featuring the character’s iconic red dress. Waititi wrote, “Fk yeah!! I’m super proud of you @ora_roberts!! I love you.”
Waititi had been vocal about his excitement over the casting announcement, saying earlier in February that he was “super excited” for Roberts to join the project. He added, “I think she’ll do a great job. She’s got such a beautiful voice and I hope she gets to sing some songs.”
Roberts joins Emma Watson as Belle, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Maurice, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Gaston, and Kevin Kline as Lumière.
Feb. 14, 2022: Taika Waititi posts a Valentine’s Day tribute to Rita Ora
Taika Waititi shared a sweet Valentine’s Day tribute to his girlfriend, Rita Ora, on social media. In one of the photos, the director of Thor: Ragnarok posted a shot of himself dressed up like the pop star, complete with a hot pink trench coat and blow-dried hair. He captioned it, “#RitaOra #ValentinesDay.”
While the series of snaps showcased Ora looking fabulously stylish, the jokester couldn’t help but add in a couple of silly pics too. The first photo showed the pop star in a hot pink trenchcoat with her long locks blowing around in the wind, while another pic featured a cutout head of the filmmaker photoshopped into the corner. The final snap in the roundup revealed the behind-the-scenes of the wind-blown shoots, featuring Waititi crouching down with a miniature leafblower to give her the look.
March 13, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Critics’ Choice Awards
Rita Ora attended the 27th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles alongside New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi. The couple looked stunning in black ensembles, with Ora wearing a red dress with cutout detailing and Waititi donning a dark suit. They posed together for photos outside the event venue.
Ora received a special tribute during the ceremony, which she accepted along with Waititi. She thanked the audience for voting her into the category, adding, “I’m just really excited to be here.”
Waititi won the award for Best Director for his film Jojo Rabbit. He dedicated the win to his mother, who died earlier this month.
March 27, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
The former Oscar winner and singer attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night wearing a whimsical white coat over a glittering silver gown. She accessorized the look with a pair of dangling diamond earrings and a pair of matching drop earrings. Her hair was pulled into a sleek bun, while she wore a pair of large cat eyes sunglasses.
Waititi, who won Best Original Screenplay for his film Jojo Rabbit, arrived at the party looking dapper in a mauve suit with a metallic bow tie. He kept his ensemble simple with a pair of black shoes and a black fedora hat.
Ora and Waititi are no strangers to red carpets, having both been seen attending numerous events together since 2017. They met during the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony, where Waititi presented Ora with the award for best original song for “This Is Me.”
May 20, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Dior fashion show
Rita Ora and Taika Waitei walked the runway together during the Dior Men’s 2023 fashion show in Paris. The British singer wore a black dress with a white collar and matching heels while the New Zealand director opted for a gray suit with a bright pink shirt underneath. They both accessorized their outfits with large sunglasses and carried bags similar to each other.
Ora looked like a cross between Rihanna and Madonna as she rocked a long, flowing skirt paired with a cropped jacket. She completed her look with a pair of high heels and a clutch bag.
Waititi kept his ensemble simple as he matched his wife’s attire with a dark gray suit with a red tie. He added a pair of aviator shades and a small backpack.
May 23, 2022: Rita Ora shows support for Taika Waititi
Rita Ora posted a photo of herself on social media showing her support for New Zealand director Taika Waititi. She wrote on Twitter: “8th July 2022!!! Get ready for a quiet little Art House Film ❤️ & ⚡️”.
The singer shared a picture of herself wearing a T-shirt featuring Waititi’s face, along with the words ‘Taika Waititi’ written across it. Waititi directed the critically acclaimed comedy What We Do In The Shadows, based on the popular vampire mockumentary movie franchise, alongside Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi.
Waititi won Best Director at the 2017 Academy Awards for Boy, while he also received nominations for best original screenplay and best supporting actor for Jojo Rabbit. He also took home the award for best adapted screenplay for Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
June 13, 2022: Taika Waititi avoids interview questions about Rita Ora
Waititi joked, “You’re supposed to ask me about my girlfriend.” He added, “She’s very good at hiding.” When host Phillip Schofield pressed him further, Waititi replied, “I’m sorry, you’ve got no signal here.”
The filmmaker later took to Twitter to clarify his comments, writing, “I did not mean to imply that it is impossible to talk about work without talking about love. I am just saying that I don’t want to do interviews where people are asking me about my relationship status.”
July 5, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora share a kiss at the Thor: Love and Thunder premiere
The couple hit the red carpet together ahead of a U.S. screening of Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Ora looked stunning in a plunging neckpiece that was dripping in jewels while she shared a smooch with her director boyfriend.
Aug. 8, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora spark marriage rumors
The pair sparked marriage rumors after they posed together for a photo shoot in New York City over the weekend. The couple looked happy and relaxed while posing side-by-side for a picture taken by photographer David LaChapelle. In the shot, both stars are wearing matching gold wedding rings on their left hands.
Shortly after, E! News reported that the two wed in secret earlier this month. A source told the outlet that the ceremony took place in Los Angeles. While no one else attended the nuptials, sources added that the couple invited friends and family members to celebrate afterwards.
A representative for the singer confirmed to People magazine that she and Waititi are indeed married. “They’ve been dating since 2013,” the spokesperson said. “She’s very much his wife.”
Waititi, 38, and Ora, 31, met in 2011 when he directed her music video for her song “Girls Like You.” They began dating soon after and went public with their relationship in 2012.
Aug. 12, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora’s marriage is confirmed
A source confirms to PEOPLE exclusively that Waititi and ORA are now married. The couple tied the knot in a very small ceremony in New Zealand earlier this week.
In recent social media snapshots, the Thor actor was seen wearing what appeared to be his wedding band.
Waititi and Ora met while filming Boy in 2016, where he played her love interest. They began dating shortly thereafter.
The pair sparked wedding rumors over the summer when Waititi posted a photo of himself holding a sign reading, “Will you marry me?” along with a heart emoji.
Ora responded with a comment saying, “Yes,” prompting fans to speculate whether she had proposed to him.
September 20, 2022: Rita Ora says relationship with Taika Waititi is like a “fairytale”
Rita Ora has been dating New Zealand director Taika Waititi since 2017. She told Entertainment Tonight that the couple met while filming Boy Erased, which he directed.
Ora, 32, gushed about her romance during an appearance on the Greatest Night Ever Podcast, hosted by her longtime friends Jaime Winstone and James McAvoy.
“We’re very good friends, we work together, we travel together, we hang out together,” Ora said.
She added that she had always dreamed of meeting someone special.
“I’ve always wanted the fairy tale, that’s what I grow up loving,” Ora told ET. “For me, was always about that love – finding a partner, so really happy I did.”
The Grammy winner said she and Waititi are still figuring out how to balance their careers.
“He’s got his career too, but he’s just such a lovely guy, he’s such a lovely man,” she said. “So yeah, we’re working out the kinks.”
Waititi, 40, won Best Director at the 2020 Academy Awards for Jojo Rabbit. He also received nominations for Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay.