Rita Ora was scheduled to perform her single “I Will Never Let You Down” on the 2014 Teen Choice Awards Sunday night (Aug. 10). However, the British singer had to cancel her performance last minute.
On Aug. 12 Ora revealed on “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”
that her performance was canceled because her ex-boyfriend, DJ and “Summer” singer Calvin Harris, denied her the rights to sing it.
“For anyone that doesn’t understand how it works, [Harris] wrote and produced the song. So he has to approve anything TV-wise. … He has to approve the rights for the song and he didn’t approve of the Teen Choice Awards,” Ora explains.
She goes on to say that she had spent almost a month working on the performance, putting her own money into it, and wished that she had an earlier warning that Harris was going to block it from happening. Ora also says, however, that she understands why he did it.
Harris took to Twitter to tell his side of the story:
Harris did not elaborate beyond the two tweets as to why he denied the performance. The couple admitted to having been apart “for some time” back in June, but this story reveals that the split may not have been as amicable as it seemed.
“You write a song with somebody and I guess there’s some stuff that comes with it,” Ora says during her Seacrest interview.
It definitely appears that way.