Rita Ora has made the shock claim that her first ever relationship could be considered child abuse.
According to unearthed research for a new biography entitled Hot Right Now – which has been serialised in The Sun On Sunday – the X Factor judge was dating a 26-year-old when she was 14.
In a 2013 interview, Rita revealed: ‘I was 14 when I had my first relationship with a guy. I would say he was about 26.
‘It is child abuse really, isn’t it?’
She then continued: ‘I don’t want to say I suffered, because I wanted it. I don’t want people to think I was abused but I was definitely more mature than I should have been at 14.’
However, she admits that she was very naive at the time, saying: ‘You have to remember I hadn’t had a relationship before then. I was very new to the world of a man and a female.’
She thinks the concerning tryst may have had an effect on her self esteem, adding: ‘I was almost obsessed with having a man feel like he wanted me.
‘I can’t begin to tell you how confident I felt when a man was interested in me.
‘I felt like I had a form of respect, I felt like he listened to me. Now I know he listened to me because he obviously wanted to have sex.’
It’s also what she believes shaped her wild fashion sense.
‘My mum would just say: “What are you doing?” I think that’s what got me dressing in crazy clothes,’ she says.
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‘My mum always let me express myself. But she didn’t know that I was expressing myself because I was seeing men.’
As expected, Rita’s confession about ‘wanting it’ has caused quite a bit of controversy.
An NSPCC spokesperson has told MailOnline: ‘Those in the public eye should think about the effect their words can have on those who look up to them.
‘We know from calls to ChildLine that abuse can be life shattering. It is essential that people are given the confidence to get help to overcome the often devastating impact of abuse.’
For more advice on child abuse, visit ChildLine.