Rita Ora busted as Instagram snaps reveal coronavirus misstep

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Rita Ora has come under fire for what would seem to be a violation of coronavirus guidelines in Britain.

The UK popstar has been a vocal proponent of the global campaign to keep people at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, but angry locals claim she has bunkered down in a country home to work on an album in the midst of the lockdown.

The star shared snaps of her country escape on April 8. Photo: Instagram/ ritaora

The star initially shared snaps of her country stay on Instagram, but has since deleted all the images, though some of the photos remain visible on Facebook.

The singer is staying in a rented holiday home in the UK town of The Cotswolds according to the Daily Mail on a pre-booked getaway to work on her album.

In the UK and Australia, people are being urged to stay in their normal homes, as flocking to country towns could overwhelm limited resources.

The UK has so far seen 12,868 deaths of a total 98,476 confirmed cases

The Sun reports that Rita’s agent says she arrived on March 21 before the Prime Minister officially called for people to stay at their primary residence, and though the trip may fall under work, angry locals have taken to social media groups to complain.

Rita posed in a field as she took the country air. Photo: Instagram/ ritaora

Locals reported spotting the singer out on bike rides with friends, and one even said heavy-handed security scared her child as she walked near the property on a public footpath.

“Surely she should respect the rules and have stayed in f****** London?” one local wrote on a community Facebook page.

The singer has been updating her more than 16 million Instagram followers on her activities in lockdown, including live streaming musical performances, and gruelling workout routines.

Rita has flooded social media with her various activities during lockdown. Photo: Instagram/ Ritaora

Photos no longer visible on the star’s Instagram showed her enjoying the country air on a daily walk, acknowledging she was ‘grateful’ for the access to plenty of space during the lockdown.

The photos are still visible on the 29-year-old’s Facebook page.

Rita has been outspoken about the coronavirus effort in England on her social media.

Her mother Vera is an NHS nurse, and the pair have appeared on TV to raise awareness for the vital work public healthcare professionals are providing.

She’s not the first celebrity to raise eyebrows over questionable behaviour under the virus.

Earlier in the week, This Morning, a morning show in the UK, were forced to upload a video to their Twitter page, explaining why Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, who are married, are not sitting six feet apart. 

Richard Wilkins had Aussies perplexed after he reportedly had over five tests for the virus after initially testing positive. At the time, concern over the availability of testing kits had some fans worrying the star was being ‘irresponsible’.

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