Rita Ora and Taika Waititi's Relationship Timeline (2024)

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2018: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi meet April 21, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi spark dating rumors May 24, 2021: Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, and Tessa Thompson are spotted kissing July 1, 2021: Taika Waititi opens up about the kissing photos with Rita Ora and Tessa Thompson Aug. 2, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi make their red carpet debut Aug. 18, 2021: Rita Ora celebrates Taika Waititi's 46th birthday Sept. 12, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala together Oct. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Rolling Stones concert Nov. 14, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards Nov. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards Dec. 6, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Being the Ricardos premiere Jan. 10, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi appear on The Tonight Show Feb. 7, 2022: Taika Waititi shows support for Rita Ora Feb. 14, 2022: Taika Waititi posts a Valentine's Day tribute to Rita Ora March 13, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Critics' Choice Awards March 27, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party May 20, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Dior fashion show May 23, 2022: Rita Ora shows support for Taika Waititi June 13, 2022: Taika Waititi avoids interview questions about Rita Ora July 5, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora share a kiss at the Thor: Love and Thunder premiere Aug. 8, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora spark marriage rumors Aug. 12, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora's marriage is confirmed September 20, 2022: Rita Ora says her relationship with Taika Waititi is like a "fairytale" November 13, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi co-host the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards January 27, 2023: Rita Ora confirms she and Taika Waititi got married February 1, 2023: Rita Ora shows off her wedding ring February 6, 2023: Rita Ora says Taika Waititi made the first move after being friends for six years February 8, 2023: Taika Waititi shows off a new "R" tattoo on his hand May 1, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala May 15, 2023: Rita Ora says wedding to Taika Waititi was "perfect" May 31, 2023: Taika Waititi opens up about working with Rita Ora July 20, 2023: Rita Ora talks about Taika Waititi's influence on her music August 4, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi celebrate one year of marriage October 28, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Rugby World Cup final May 6, 2024: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi are a happily married couple!

A source confirmed to PEOPLE that Ora and Waititi wed during a "very small" ceremony on Aug. 4, 2022. However, the couple didn't share the news publicly until January 2023.

"I am officially off the market, people!" Ora said during an interview with Heart Breakfast.

The "Let You Love Me" singer and Thor: Love and Thunder director first sparked romance rumors in April 2021 before making their red carpet debut roughly five months later.

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Waititi split from his ex-wife, Chelsea Winstanley, in 2018 after being married for seven years. The former couple shares two children together. As for the songstress, she dated filmmaker Romain Gavras prior to Waititi — but that relationship only lasted six months.

From their initial interaction in 2018 to their marriage announcement, here's a look at Waititi and Ora's relationship.

2018: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi meet

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While the exact origin of Ora and Waititi's romance is unknown, the singer shared an Instagram post on Valentine's Day 2022, revealing that they met four years prior in 2018.

"Us. 4 years ago. To now," she captioned a throwback snap of them before sharing a gallery of images of them together now. "thanks for being cool. And entertaining me forevs..Happy Valentine's Day bestie ❤️"

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April 21, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi spark dating rumors

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Ora and Waititi sparked romance rumors after the "You For Me" singer included a photo of her and Waititi hugging on her Instagram, paired with a flirty caption.

"Good times, memories, random things on my phone and the ones I love..❤️ #midweekupdate"

May 24, 2021: Rita Ora, Taika Waititi, and Tessa Thompson are spotted kissing

A month after Ora and Waititi sparked dating rumors, the two were photographed cuddled up with Thor: Love and Thunder actress Tessa Thompson outside of Waititi's home in Sydney, engaging in PDA as they sat in front of a small table of drinks.

July 1, 2021: Taika Waititi opens up about the kissing photos with Rita Ora and Tessa Thompson

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Waititi responded to the viral photos, saying, "I was doing nothing wrong."

When asked if the rumors upset him, the director responded, "Not really. I think in the world of the internet, everything goes away pretty quick. And also, 'is it that big a deal?' No, not really. I was doing nothing wrong. It's fine."

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi's Relationship in Photos

Aug. 2, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi make their red carpet debut

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Ora and Waititi made their red carpet debut as a couple at The Suicide Squad premiere in Los Angeles, solidifying the couple's relationship after sparking dating rumors that April. The duo posed arm-in-arm as they made their way on the red carpet.

Aug. 18, 2021: Rita Ora celebrates Taika Waititi's 46th birthday

Ora shared candid photos on Instagram of Waititi's 46th birthday party filled with decorations, sweets, and sushi on Aug. 18, 2021.

The celebration was a star-studded event with guests including Ashley Benson, Rami Malek, Jodie Turner-Smith, Charli XCX, Paris Jackson, and Kristen Stewart.

Sept. 12, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala together

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Ora and Waititi had some fun strutting, posing, and vying for the attention of the cameras alongside Jimmy Fallon at the 2021 Met Gala on Sept. 13.

The theme of the event that year was "Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion" held at the iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Oct. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Rolling Stones concert

The couple attended a Rolling Stones concert in Los Angeles in October 2021, where they were seen wearing matching red leather jackets while standing in line outside of the venue.

Ora wore a face mask and a red-and-white jacket as she stood close by her director boyfriend, who paired his red-and-black varsity jacket with a pink patterned beanie and a face mask.

Rita Ora and Boyfriend Taika Waititi Match in Red at Rolling Stones Concert

Nov. 14, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the 2021 MTV Europe Music Awards

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Ora and Waititi stepped out together as they walked the red carpet at the 2021 MTV EMA's in November. In addition to taking some silly photos together from the winner's room, the New Zealand filmmaker was spotted hyping Ora up as he snapped photos of her on his phone.

Nov. 15, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Walpole British Luxury Awards

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Waititi accompanied Ora at the Walpole British Luxury Awards where she was honored with the British Artistic Icon Award in November 2021. Though a big night for the singer, the two hammed it up for the cameras — as per usual — when they snapped some shots together.

Dec. 6, 2021: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Being the Ricardos premiere

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The singer and director pulled off serious "cool couple" vibes when they walked the red carpet together at the Being the Ricardos premiere in December. The pair pulled up in matching outfits, rocking all-black ensembles and coordinating shades.

Jan. 10, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi appear on The Tonight Show

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Ora and Waititi teamed up for a fun segment on The Tonight Show when they played a game that put their lyrical knowledge to the test. The couple paired up against opponents Normani and Taraji P. Henson and attempted to nail all the words to "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.

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Feb. 7, 2022: Taika Waititi shows support for Rita Ora

Waititi dedicated an Instagram post to Ora in celebration of her being cast in the Disney+ Beauty and the Beast prequel series. "❤️ F—k yeah!!! ❤️ I'm super proud of this girl!" he captioned the slideshow of photos announcing the casting news.

Feb. 14, 2022: Taika Waititi posts a Valentine's Day tribute to Rita Ora

For Valentine's Day in 2022, Waititi shared a sweet photo roundup of Ora on Instagram. While the series of snaps showcased the singer looking fabulous, the jokester couldn't help but add in a few silly pics too.

The first photo showed the singer in a hot pink trench coat with her long locks blowing in the wind, while a cutout head of Waititi was photoshopped in the corner. The last photo in the roundup revealed the "behind-the-scenes" of the wind-blown shoot, featuring Waititi crouched down with a miniature leaf blower to give her the model-like effect.

March 13, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Critics' Choice Awards

Ora accompanied Waititi to the 27th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in March, where he presented the award for best director in the international talent category. Ora dazzled in a velvet maroon gown with excessive cutouts, while her beau was clad in an all-black suit.

March 27, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Following the 94th Academy Awards, the former Oscar winner and singer stopped by the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Beneath a whimsical white coat with billowy sleeves, Ora stunned in a shimmery black gown detailed with embroidery and bejeweled embellishments along a V-shaped neckline.

Waititi, who donned a mauve suit paired with a metallic bowtie, was captured fixing her dress and coat train on the carpet to assure the photos would come out picture-perfect.

May 20, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend a Dior fashion show

The couple donned fashion-forward looks when they attended the Dior Men's 2023 fashion show together in May. Ora took a bold approach with her sophisticated, chic outfit as she sported an oversized, slouchy suit. Meanwhile, Waititi dressed in a coordinating grey suit with a pop of hot pink underneath.

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May 23, 2022: Rita Ora shows support for Taika Waititi

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Ora showed support for Waititi when she uploaded the trailer for his recent film, Thor: Love and Thunder, on Instagram in May. "8th July 2022!! @taikawaititi get ready for a quiet little art house film ❤️&⚡️" she captioned the post.

June 13, 2022: Taika Waititi avoids interview questions about Rita Ora

In June, Waititi sat down alongside Lightyear costar Chris Evans for an interview with This Morning ahead of the film's premiere. After chatting about the project, the interviewers steered the conversation from professional to personal when they asked Waititi about Ora, following the couple's recent engagement rumors.

The director pretended there was poor connection during the virtual interview, after cohost Phillip Schofield asked, "Are there wedding bells coming?" His hosting half, Holly Willoughby, chimed in to say, "I think he can't hear us," when Schofield questioned, "Should I not ask about Rita?"

July 5, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora share a kiss at the Thor: Love and Thunder premiere

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The couple hit the red carpet ahead of a U.K. screening of Waititi's Thor: Love and Thunder in London, England. Ora not only dazzled in a plunging neckline gown that was dripping in jewels, but she stunned alongside her director beau as she gave him a kiss for the cameras.

Aug. 8, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora spark marriage rumors

The couple sparked marriage rumors after they were photographed with what appear to be matching gold wedding bands on their fingers in recent social media shots, captured by the Daily Mail. Shortly after, E! News reported that the two had recently tied the knot.

Aug. 12, 2022: Taika Waititi and Rita Ora's marriage is confirmed

A few days after sparking wedding rumors, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that Waititi and Ora are officially married. The two tied the knot in a "very small" ceremony. In recent social media snapshots, Waititi was shown wearing what appeared to be a wedding ring.

September 20, 2022: Rita Ora says her relationship with Taika Waititi is like a "fairytale"

Ora was a guest on the Greatest Night Ever podcast, hosted by her longtime friend Jaime Winstone. The singer gushed about her romance with Waititi, whom she described as a "lovely" person.

"I've always wanted the fairytale, that's what I grew up loving," Ora said. "For me, it was always about that love, finding a partner, so I'm really happy I did."

November 13, 2022: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi co-host the 2022 MTV Europe Music Awards

The newlyweds made their co-hosting debut at the MTV EMAs in Düsseldorf, Germany. Ora, who wowed on the red carpet in a vintage Elie Saab jumpsuit, walked away from the evening with the Best Look "Personal Style" Award.

"That was so much fun!!! ❤️ Thank you so much @mtvema for the pleasure and for my best look 'personal style' award!! Had the best time co-hosting with @taikawaititi," she wrote on Instagram.

January 27, 2023: Rita Ora confirms she and Taika Waititi got married

Ora confirmed that she and Waititi tied the knot during an interview with Heart Radio Breakfast.

"Yes. Here we are," the pop star said when asked if she was married. "They say everything happens for a reason. I am officially off the market, people!"

February 1, 2023: Rita Ora shows off her wedding ring

While appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Ora showed off her giant emerald wedding ring.

"I haven't actually shown anyone my ring. It's my first time showing my ring, and because I love you and I feel like you're a part of our relationship, weirdly, because we watch you every night ... look here it is," she said to Fallon.

The "For You" singer then revealed that she "may have" helped Waititi pick out the ring.

"I felt like I really knew I wanted to be with this person, and I just wanted it to feel really right," Ora said. "So, I may have taken him to the shop and pointed out exactly what ring I wanted."

February 6, 2023: Rita Ora says Taika Waititi made the first move after being friends for six years

During an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Ora recalled the moment she knew Waititi wanted to be more than friends. At the time, the couple were both working in Australia and had casually started spending time together.

"I mean, honestly, he put his hand on my back and then…low back. And that's when I knew, this is a different type of stroke, you know?" Ora told Barrymore. "And I was in."

February 8, 2023: Taika Waititi shows off a new "R" tattoo on his hand

Waititi posted a photo and video of his new hand tattoo, an ornate letter "R," on Instagram. In his caption, he suggested that the ink was in honor of rugby, rather than the more obvious inspiration: Ora.

"​​I love Rugby," he joked.

May 1, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala

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Ora and Waititi attended the 2023 Met Gala, where they posed together on the red carpet. Ora turned heads in a Prabal Gurung black gown with a corset bodice and a long, sheer train. Meanwhile, Waititi wore a floor-length coat and white pants.

May 15, 2023: Rita Ora says wedding to Taika Waititi was "perfect"

Ora wasted no time on wedding planning.

"[The wedding was planned] in two to three days, when I was out of cycle, which is what I call it when I'm not in album cycle mode," she told Glamour UK. "His kids were there, and I really wanted them to be a part of it. It was either then or we had to wait for ages."

The "Poison" singer continued: "I didn't want to do it without my stepkids there. So, we just figured it out, and we did it. And it was perfect. I wanted to keep it private because my life and my career aren't."

May 31, 2023: Taika Waititi opens up about working with Rita Ora

Waititispoke to The Hollywood Reporter about collaborating with Ora on the music video for her song"Praising You."

"I love working with her,” he said. “It’s just a good laugh. It’s nice being married to and working with someone who’s extremely talented. We’ve got a similar sense of humor and we listen to the same stuff."

July 20, 2023: Rita Ora talks about Taika Waititi's influence on her music

Ora spoke to PEOPLE about how her bond with Waititi inspired her album, You & I.

"I was like, 'I think it'd be cool to really give people an insight into our lives,' " Ora explained of the album, which features actual voicemails from Waititi. "And he was like, 'Go for it.' "

"I love bouncing ideas with him. It's really cool and easy, and he's got really great perspective and taste," she added.

The singer also revealed that her husband is her “biggest supporter and advocate" and said that she hopes to expand their family. "That’s always been a dream of mine,” she said of having kids.

August 4, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi celebrate one year of marriage

In honor of their first wedding anniversary, the couple shared a few never-before-seen photos from their intimate Los Angeles wedding.

"There were about eight people there — just close friends and family, and parents on Zoom,” Waititi told Vogue.

Ora added the event was so casual that "it was almost like another day. We just all dressed up and got married.”

Ora wore a Tom Ford wedding dress and the same pearls her mom got married in.

"My sister walked me down the aisle, and it was just really simple and blissful and calm and private and fun," she said.

Waititialso opened up about their engagement.

The director revealed that his wife was the one who proposed to him, noting, "I said ‘yes’ instantly."

October 28, 2023: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Rugby World Cup final

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The couple traveled to Paris for the final match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup — where South Africa defeated New Zealand 12-11. Ora and Waititi, who is a native Kiwi, were seated by actor Jason Momoa and tennis starNovak Djokovic.

May 6, 2024: Rita Ora and Taika Waititi attend the Met Gala

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Ora marked her 10th Met Gala appearance by wearing a barely-there creation by Marni. She was joined on the red carpet by Waititi, who donned a head-to-toe brown leather look by the same designer.

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