Rita Ora and Taika Waititi have fueled speculation that they are married after the Thor director was spotted in a wedding band on Friday.
In an Instagram snap shared by Rita’s sister Elena, Taika, 46, could be seen wearing the gold jewelery on his left finger as he enjoyed a drink in the sun.
Meanwhile, Rita, 31, also uploaded the same shot on her Instagram, but the singer covered Taika’s hand with her caption.
Married man? Rita Ora and Taika Waititi have fueled speculation that they are married after the Thor director was spotted in a wedding band on Friday.
MailOnline have contacted representatives for Rita and Taika for comment.
It was reported in June that the couple would marry each other after popping the question almost at the same time.
The British singer and the New Zealand filmmaker are said to be planning a low-key, low-key ceremony abroad before celebrating with their fellow A-listers in a big London bash later this year.
Newlyweds? In an Instagram snap shared by Rita’s sister Elena, Taika, 46, could be seen wearing the gold jewelery on his left finger as he enjoyed a drink in the sun
It is understood that Rita, who is working on several films and The Voice Australia, and Taika, who is planning a series of films, hope to tie the knot once their work commitments are wrapped up.
A friend told The Sun: ‘This is not about them doing a big showy thing and crowing about it beforehand. It’s just about them being in love and deciding the time is right to formalize their relationship. They couldn’t be happier.
‘They didn’t do a whole, “Will you marry me?” thing and an Instagram post.
Would it be possible? Meanwhile, Rita, 31, also uploaded the same shot on her Instagram, but the singer covered Taika’s hand with her caption.
‘There is no ring or large build-up. They just got closer and closer and finally said to each other almost at the same time, “I want to marry you.”
In August, the couple, who began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, were said to be moving so fast in their relationship that they had started discussing marriage, a source told New Idea.
“Taika calls Rita ‘wife’ all the time and talks about how he’s going to be her first and last husband,” the insider said.
‘Everyone around her dismisses it as flirtatious banter, but [Rita is] definitely hope he’s real,’ they continued, adding that she is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with her Thor director beau.
At the time, Rita allegedly began joking about getting married in a ‘quick, hippy-dippy’ Californian ceremony, then celebrating with a bigger party at a later date.
Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley, but the couple are believed to have quietly separated in 2018.
The couple share two daughters: Te Hinekāhu, ten, and Matewa Kiritapu, six.
In February, Rita reflected on her relationship with Taika when she shared a gushing Valentine’s Day post.
The singer thanked the director for being ‘cool’ as she posted a previously unseen view of the pair in 2018 – three years before their romance began.
Before Taika, Rita romanced a string of big names, starting back in her pre-fame years.
Before either shot to superstardom, Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’
‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and started at Roc Nation. Bruno was also unknown then. He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought, “Wow, that’s just the biggest guy in the world!”‘
After Bruno, the singer dated reality star Rob Kardashian for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to their ‘hectic work schedules’ and incompatible lifestyles.
RITA ORA’S ROMANCE HISTORY
BRUNO MARS 2009 – 2011
Before either of them became famous, Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’
‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and started at Roc Nation. Bruno was also unknown then.
‘He was a struggling songwriter who was hired to write songs for me. I thought, “Wow, that’s just the biggest guy in the world!”‘
ROB KARDASHIAN 2012
The singer dated reality star Rob for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and incompatible lifestyles.
And she admits to forgetting that she even dated the sock designer because the fleeting relationship was ‘very short’.
The end of their brief romance coincided with a series of bitter social media posts from Rob, which indirectly suggested the singer had cheated on him several times during their relationship.
Rita and Calvin Harris
CALVIN HARRIS 2013 – 2014
Calvin and Rita were linked in the spring of 2013 with the couple dating for about a year.
The DJ and Rita had a romantic and professional relationship, collaborating on Rita’s number one smash hit I Will Never Let You Down.
Rita is said to have been left rather red-faced after learning that their relationship was over via Twitter.
The Scottish DJ took to the social networking site to announce the pair’s year-long romance was over, but it was claimed the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker didn’t know her beau would be releasing the statement.
RICKY HILL 2014 – 2015
Rita and Tommy Hilfiger’s son, Ricky Hil, confirmed their relationship in August 2014, only to split after 14 months of the on/off romance.
A$AP ROCKY 2015
Rocky had a fling with Rita in 2015. The rapper later caused controversy when he included explicit lyrics about his rumored ex in his single Better Things.
ASAP – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – later admitted his comments about Rita were ‘tasteless’.
TRAVIS BARKER 2015
Rita had a month-long fling with the now husband of Kourtney Kardashian in the fall of 2015. It is rumored that Travis put the breaks on the romance due to not wanting to be in a ‘serious relationship’.
Rita and Andrew Watt
ANDREW WATT 2016 – 2017
Rita enjoyed a year-long romance with fellow musician Andrew in 2016, before splitting, with the star revealing her single status during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show.
ANDREW GARFIELD 2018
The singer and the Hollywood actor had a steamy four-month fling before Andrew called time on their fling for a ‘more private life’, with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation following the Garfield split.
TAIKA WAITITI 2020 – PRESENT
The couple began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, and they reportedly moved so quickly in their relationship that they started discussing marriage within months, a source told New Idea.