Pop star Rita Ora has apologized for a second breach of the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions, after failing to self-isolate following a trip to Egypt.
The 30-year-old flew to Egypt for a private performance on November 21. On her return the following day, she should have isolated for two weeks. Instead, she threw a birthday party in London, which was itself in violation of lockdown rules.
The star apologized for the party, and offered to pay a fine. Details of her trip to Egypt subsequently emerged in a local tabloid.
The newspaper said the singer played an exclusive set at Cairo’s W Hotel for a six-figure sum. An unverified source also said the Egyptian President was among those in attendance, although the claim has been disputed.
In response, Ora said she “deserved criticism” for her actions, and would donate her fee from the concert to charity. She hoped “to one day make it up to the public who have given me so much support over the years.”