Lily Allen Forced To Defend Rita Ora Tweet, Following Her Prince Tribute

'I didn't mean that in a mean way...'

Lily Allen was forced to explain herself on Twitter on Thursday night (22 April), when a joke she made about Rita Ora was taken the wrong way.

Following the news of Prince’s death, Lily was among the first stars to pay her respects to the iconic singer, while Rita later posted her own lengthy tribute.

<strong>Lily Allen</strong>
Lily Allen
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Rita - who collaborated with Prince on his most recent album, spending time with him during the recording process - wrote on social media: “You were so special to me, your presence, the music we created, the dance-offs we used to have, the laughing we shared.

“I’m not quite sure what to do with myself but I will miss you forever and always.”

Lily was quick to respond to Rita’s tweet, with a post which has now been deleted.

“Pics or it didn’t happen,” she wrote.

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As she began to find herself on the receiving end of some rather angry messages from Rita’s fans, the Ritabots, she then added: “I didn’t mean that in a mean way, I’m just jealous you were so close to my idol. #superfan #ritabots go IN.”

<strong>Rita Ora's fans weren't happy with Lily Allen</strong>
Rita Ora's fans weren't happy with Lily Allen
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While promoting his last album, Prince had been full of praise for Rita, describing her as one of his 10 favourite contemporary stars in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

<strong>The late, great Prince</strong>
The late, great Prince
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Although Rita herself hasn’t responded to Lily’s tweet, her clinger-on right-hand man Vas Morgan has hit out at the ‘Sheezus’ singer, accusing her of repeatedly “attacking women” with her music.

Lily then hit back, accusing him of promoting “revenge porn” by posting Tulisa’s sex tape on his celebrity blog.

This isn’t the first time that Lily has been accused of throwing shade at Rita Ora, though, having previously name-dropped her as a list of celebrities she “doesn’t give a fuck about” in her track ‘Insincerely Yours’.

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