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Rita Ora has revealed that meeting music icon Madonna was the “highlight” of her life, and that their first meeting literally took her to her knees. The singer, 30, is currently in Australia filming the new season of The Voice Australia, but she made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show to chat about her new album and her most star-struck moments.

Rita, who appeared virtually, said that meeting Madonna was a huge deal for her, calling her one of the “biggest idols of all time.” Although Rita claimed to have had a “amazing moment” with Madonna when she met her, she also admitted that the experience was uncomfortable.

‘I had an unforgettable experience with her. ‘It was very uncomfortable, but also very unbelievable,’ Rita said, explaining that Madonna had tried to help her ‘find her light’ by, uh, getting down on the floor. ‘She literally forced me to find my sun, and in doing so, we were forced to kneel on the floor,’ Rita explained.

‘I thought it was Like A Prayer happening to me in real life,’ she joked. Rita said she had to go to the bathroom to catch her breath before meeting her idol, saying, ‘This was earlier in my career and I was doing a campaign for her – a clothing line – and then she came to meet me.’

Rita’s trip to Australia comes after she received criticism in the UK for hosting a dinner party for her 30th birthday in November amid coronavirus restrictions. The I Will Never Let You Down singer dined with a group of friends at a Notting Hill restaurant whose license has since been temporarily revoked.

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Rita was fined £10,000 and released an apology after violating the law, telling viewers not to make the same mistakes she did. ‘It was a spur-of-the-moment decision based on the mistaken presumption that we were coming out of lockdown and everything would be well… In a tweet, she said, “I’m sincerely sorry for violating the rules and realize that this puts people at risk.”

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