Rita Ora was bullied when I was younger for being a “refugee”, as his parents fled from Kosovo, Albania, when he was a baby.
Rita Ora was bullied when I was younger for being a “refugee”.
The creator of hits ‘How to be alone’ came to the Uk when she was a baby of Kosovo, Albania, when his parents fled the persecution of the albanians related to the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
And although Rita grew up in Notting Hill, London, still faced “prejudice” of those around her, who used the word refugee as a term is “disparaging”.
Talking about the decision of their parents to leave Albania, he said: “My mother was a psychiatrist and my father an economist. They left behind all his life and had to start from scratch when they came to London as refugees. But protecting us was her top priority and I count my blessings every day that they did what they did.
“You sacrificed so much and worked very hard for our family. They studied, learned a new language and raised my older sister, my younger brother and me. We were taught to fight for what we want, to work hard and to keep going, whatever your circumstances. They chose London because my dad loved the music and the culture, but even so, as you can imagine, adopting a new life was extremely difficult.
The singer of 29 years said that growing up was “hard” and explained that they made friends with other children “foreigners” because they had something in common.
He added: “it was Always difficult to grow; there were many prejudices and judgments. I often called him, a refugee in a derogatory manner, however, had many foreign friends and all of us spent a very good connect to be different. “.
Rita often makes trips back to Kosovo to visit, and says that he is “proud” of their “inheritance”.
In a statement to Vogue Arabia, said: “Kosovo will always be our homeland and we will always be proud of the kosovars. I am very honored to be able to give back to my country of origin as a honorary ambassador. When we have the opportunity, often I go back to visit my family. I love the small things of the culture of Kosovo; it is very different. The national dress is beautiful and the food is delicious. Baklava is my favorite thing in the world. I’ve never known anyone to not like it, it’s amazing.
“I will always be a true Kosovan heart. I will never forget my roots and I will always be proud of my heritage, would not change anything”.
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