Rita Ora Opens Up About Her Struggles With Anxiety


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We’re so chuffed to see more and more celebs fighting the stigma by speaking out about their battles with mental health problems.

Stars including Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, Lena Dunham and John Mayer have made public reference to their experience of anxiety and now Rita Ora has bravely followed suit.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Rita praised Zayn Malik speaking up about his struggle with the condition.

“I’m so glad someone has spoken out about it,” she said. “I’m not scared to admit that I have had therapy.”

Zayn cancelled his performance at Capital’s Summertime ball in June, telling fans he had suffered the worst anxiety of his career.


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Rita added: “I have someone I speak to once a week. People suffer it in different ways, but for me it’s more about thinking about the long-term goal.”

The 25-year-old has previously admitted to suffering panic attacks.

“I’m a very ‘in the moment’-type person, so if I have to do something there and then, I’ll be fine. But if I think about it, that’s when anxious thoughts start going in.”

Rita says her support network, which includes older sister Elena who works for her, helps her cope.

“I get so nervous because I care so much,” she says. “Sometimes I get nervous about recording a song in the studio. I’m like, 'I’m not ready to record this yet.’ Or, 'I don’t think I can do this.’ So I’m relieved to have people around me who encourage me to do well.”

Read the full interview in Cosmopolitan’s September issue, out August 3rd.

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