Timeline of Rita Ora and Taika Waititi’s relationship

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 24, 2022




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Taika and Rita were first linked in April 2021, when he appeared at the bottom of an Instagram carousel posted by Rita.

The couple, who have a 15-year age gap, were both in Australia when the rumors first began. While Taika was filming Thor: Love and ThunderRita resumed her role as coach on The Voice Australia.

“Good times, memories, random things on my phone and the ones I love,” she captioned the photo, geotagging it to Sydney, Australia.

A blurry Taika appeared in the seventh photo, but Rita tagged it, so there was no mistaking who it was.

Needless to say, the interest of Australian paparazzi was piqued and hopes of having the couple photographed in public were high.


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Turns out a paparazzo got more than he expected when he got a photo of Taika, Rita, and Thor actress Tessa Thompson sharing a threeway kiss on a Sydney balcony.

While fans were shocked and amazed, and incredibly curious, Taika brushed off the incident while chatting with the press.

“Not really. I think in the world of the internet, everything goes pretty fast,” Taika said when asked by The Sydney Morning Herald if the attention to the photos bothered him.

“And also, is it that serious? Not really. I wasn’t doing anything wrong. It’s good,” he said.


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While the drama in the pic died down pretty quickly, Rita and Taika seemed happier to make things a little more public.

In August 2021, the couple appeared on their first red carpet together at the suicide squad premiere with Margot Robbie, John Cena and director James Gunn.

A few weeks later, Rita posted snaps of a 46and birthday party thrown for Taika, who had a star-studded guest list that included Kristen Stewart, Rami Malek and Jodie-Turner Smith. It also looked like Rita had baked a cake for birthday boy Taika, so there was no doubt that the couple were together now.


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Rita and Taika hit the red carpet again the following month, attending the Met Gala in September 2021.

But it wasn’t until February 2022 that they both publicly acknowledged their relationship, a year after it supposedly began when they posted the same blurry snap on Instagram for Valentine’s Day.

“First pic the night we met four years ago,” Taika wrote.

“We’ve been friends ever since. Then, a year ago, we decided to “complicate” things, but it got easier. Happy Valentine’s Day to my best friend @ritaora,” he sweetly added.


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“Us. 4 yrs ago. Until now. thanks for being cool.

These days, the pair seem as normal as can be given their high-profile lives, with Taika often trolling his girlfriend on Instagram.

“Stay hydrated and exfoliate kids,” Rita captioned a recent post.

“You shouldn’t exfoliate children!” How did he.

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