Rita Ora and Taika Waititi: A Definitive Relationship Timeline

Singer Rita Ora and award-winning New Zealand director, actor, and screenwriter Taika Waititi made headlines in September when they went public with their relationship at The Suicide Squad premiere in August. Ever since, the pair have been going strong, appearing on red carpets together, attending the 2021 Met Gala arm in arm, and sharing loved-up snaps on social media. Newsweek has a definitive timeline of their relationship below.

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi: A Definitive Relationship Timeline

April 2021

As early as April 2021, Rita Ora and Taika Waititi were rumored to be dating after being spotted hanging out together in Sydney, Australia together.

A source told The Sun the A-list stars had started dating in March 2021 but were keeping things "low key."

On April 21, 2021, Ora posted a selection of photos and videos in a mega-Instagram swipe and one featured a man who looked suspiciously like Waititi, only fueling the rumors that they were exclusively dating.

Also in April, Ora was spotted hanging with Waititi in Sydney, alongside Chris Hemsworth, Matt Damon, and Russell Crowe who are all starring in Waititi's upcoming film, Thor: Love and Thunder.

At the moment, it is unknown if Ora will be making a cameo in the movie.

May 2021

In May 2021, Page Six posted on its Twitter page the first photos of Ora and Waititi strolling down a Sydney street.

In the images, Waititi had his arm around Ora.

Rita Ora and Taika Waititi pictured in Sydney amid romance rumors https://t.co/qGavHvGnwU pic.twitter.com/BIQC605Wpu

— Page Six (@PageSix) May 16, 2021

Later that same month, images of Waititi, actress Tessa Thompson and Ora went viral after they were spotted laughing, hugging, kissing, and enjoying drinks together on a terrace, with many fans believing the trio were in a thruple.

is there room for another in this rita ora, taika waititi, tessa thompson thing? asking for a friend (myself) pic.twitter.com/iyZGQb9KoF

— Sophie Dawson 💬 (@iamsophiedawson) May 23, 2021

Me finding out in a matter of seconds that Taika Waititi has actually not been married for years now and also he’s dating Rita Ora and also they were seen making out with Tessa Thompson pic.twitter.com/y0fpfmPk1R

— caitie delaney (@caitiedelaney) May 23, 2021

pov: you hop on twitter to see pics of taika waititi, tessa thompson and rita ora having a three way kiss. good for them. as they should. pic.twitter.com/LzysSAJAr9

— Jordy 🎃 (@jordyynotfound) May 23, 2021

Waititi later addressed the viral images in conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald.

He said: "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."

August 2021

On August 2, 2021, Ora and Waititi made things red carpet official at the premiere for The Suicide Squad at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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New Zealand director Taika Waititi and Rita Ora at the premiere of "The Suicide Squad" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California on August 2, 2021. Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

On August 18, Ora and Waititi made things Instagram official, when Ora posted several snaps on Instagram celebrating Waititi's birthday. She simply captioned the post with a red love heart emoji.

In the pictures, Ora and Waititi are smiling together, looking more loved up than ever, and hanging out with famous friends including Ashley Benson, Kristen Stewart, and Rami Malek.

September 2021

They attended the Met Gala 2021 together and posed for pictures on the iconic red carpet.

Ora wore a sparkly silver two-piece and her beau wore a black satin tux.

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Taika Waititi and Rita Ora attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

October 2021

On Monday, October 18, Ora and Waititi attended the Eternals premiere together, where they posed for pictures together.

Waititi posted an adorable picture of him and Ora together on the red carpet on his Instagram, where he joked he got "a lot of attention" thanks to Ora being on his arm.

He said: "I felt like I got a lot of attention at the #Eternals premiere last night. Maybe it was my date (it was definitely my date), or maybe it was this sick @thombrowne suit (it was my date)... I guess no one will ever know."