Over the weekend, a handful of LGBTQ artists responded negatively to Rita Ora's same-sex-smooch song "Girls," which features contributions from Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX.
Kehlani wrote, "There were many awkward slurs, quotes and moments," while Hayley Kiyoko declared the tune "tone deaf," adding, "A song like this just fuels the male gaze while marginalizing the idea of women loving women."
On Monday, Ora issued an apology of sorts, writing, "'Girls' was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life. I have had romantic relationships with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey. I am sorry if how I expressed myself in my song has hurt anyone. I would never intentionally cause harm to other LGBTQ people or anyone."