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Rita makes sweet music with Taika


The You Only Love Me singer, who married film director Taika last year, described her third album You and I as a “full-blown love story”.

And while she threw herself into making the record – released this week – Rita told how she always made time for her husband after learning that lesson from her parents. In an exclusive chat, Rita said of Taika: “I’ve never met someone who is so supportive of my work the way he has been.

“He loves all the songs on the album, including coming and and I, has been a long time third studio album, You than 2018’s it as more “unpolished” while she might have described I is a heady whirl of a pop polished to us. You and

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You and I – which is one of the most honest songs I’ve ever written.

“I don’t feel like there’s a lot to hide behind, I recorded it the day after we got married and it’s my perfect wedding song.”

Rita, who released debut album Ora aged 21 in 2012, then Phoenix in 2018, admitted she was a workaholic – a trait she inherited from her Albanian parents.

“I think my work ethic comes from my upbringing, it’s something my parents instilled in me,” she said.

“They always said that as an immigrant, I would have to work twice as hard to achieve my dreams.

Boyband Here At Last are getting tips from The Script, after its singer co-wrote one of their tracks. The former Voice judge worked on the group’s song All In.

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But they didn’t just teach me about working hard, they taught me about respect and how important family and loved ones are.

“I know how important it is to make time for your loved ones, and me and Taika always make sure we make that time.”

Rita said New Zealander Taika had become her rock since moving in with her in Notting Hill, West London.

“He encourages me every step of the way, his support helped me feel more confident,” she said. “The album started off as a diary and now it’s emerged as a full-blown love story.

“I’m at a stage in my life where I’m so content living in the now, and I wanted to share that in this album.”

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They said: “We also chatted about our song All In, which Danny co-wrote.

“The whole BST experience was incredible and we’re so grateful to have had the opportunit­y.”

Here At Last’s latest track, God Took His Time, is out now and the boys explained: “It’s about telling someone what a beautiful person they are.”

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