Rita Ora forced to apologise for breaking lockdown rules again over Egypt trip
Rita Ora has apologised after breaking coronavirus lockdown rules once more, following a trip to Egypt.
The I Will Never Let You Down singer came under fire last week after it emerged that she threw a party to celebrate her 30th birthday at a swanky London restaurant, with a group of close friends and family.
It has now emerged that the 30-year-old had previously flown to perform in Egypt before this, and did not follow government rules to quarantine for 14 days upon her return to the UK.
According to the Mail on Sunday, she flew to Cairo on November 21 and came back to London the following day.
However, the star failed to isolate for two weeks – attending her birthday party just days later on November 28.
Rita apologised for her actions in a statement shared with Metro.co.uk, which read: ‘I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company, where my travel party followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry, as required by Egyptian authorities.
‘Upon my return to Britain, I should have followed government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow government advice and for that I apologised earlier this week.
‘I apologise again, unreservedly. I would like to add that I have been tested subsequently, including today, and remain negative for Covid-19 and the same is true for all members of my immediate family who form my support bubble.’
Rita also begged others not to follow her lead, imploring fans to follow the guidelines strictly.
‘While I realise the apologetic words of a pop star might not carry much weight, especially one who has broken the rules like I have, I do realise that some might seek to follow my example,’ she continued.
‘My message to them is simple: please don’t. The guilt and shame I’ve carried this week for my mistake aren’t worth it. Instead, continue to listen to the government advice and the voices of the heroes of the NHS and take the required precautions.
‘I will take the criticisms coming my way because I deserve them. For my part, I hope to one day make it up to the public who have given me so much support over the years and, in particular, make it up to the heroes of the NHS.’
‘That is my promise to everyone disappointed in my behaviour. In the meantime, I will be donating my fee from Egypt to charity,’ she concluded.
‘Be better than I have been and learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to learn the hard way yourselves. Love, Rita.’
The news comes shortly after the Anywhere star apologised for breaking lockdown rules with her birthday bash – thrown at Casa Cruz – which was attended by a ‘small gathering’ of friends, including Vas Morgan, Cara Delevingne and her sister, Poppy.
Rita was handed a £10,000 fine for her actions, with Piers Morgan among those condemning her.
Addressing her actions on Monday, she said: ‘I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK… I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.
‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.’
She added: ‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
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