Calvin Harris Fires Back at Rita Ora, Says He Had a "Damn Good Reason" for Preventing Singer's TCA Performance

DJ says he has chosen "not to talk to the papers" about every aspect of his "personal life"

By Alyssa Toomey Aug 13, 2014 5:34 PMTags
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Calvin Harris is ready to share his side of the story (well, sort of).

Following Rita Ora's revealing interview with Ryan Seacrest, during which she confirmed that her ex prevented her from performing the tune "I Will Never Let You Down" at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, the 30-year-old EDM DJ took to Twitter to address the string of reports surrounding the former couple.

Talk about a battle of he-said-she-said.

On Monday, the "R.I.P." singer stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest, where she addressed her last-minute TCA cancellation and explained that her ex did not approve her performance.

"For anybody who doesn't understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song," the singer said. "So he has to approve anything TV-wise for anybody who doesn't get it. And obviously he owns the rights to it and he didn't approve the Teen Choice Awards."

Asked whether she was surprised by the sudden nix of the single, Ora replied, "No, nuh-uh" after revealing that she had been planning her TCA performance for "about a month in advance."

"I could have got told a few weeks earlier, you know," she admitted. "That would have been nice. It was a last-minute change, but you know what, it happens and we move on and move forward…It is what it is, man. You know, you write a song with somebody, and I guess there's some stuff that comes with it…Everything happens for a reason, that's how I look at it."

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While Ora played it cool on the radio show, Harris' tweet seems to suggest that the pair's split was less than amicable. In fact, a source told E! News that the Scottish DJ is hurt by how things went down with Ora, and, prior to her expected Teen Choice performance, he shared a series of cryptic social media posts.

On Saturday morning, Calvin quoted lyrics from his song "Summer" with a sad emoji face, writing, "You act so innocent now...but you lied so soon." He later also posted a meme of a dog's face with the caption, "When you start realizing s--t" (we presume both posts are part of his "damn good reason").

Harris confirmed his break-up with the Kosovo-born, England-raised singer via Twitter in June. At the time, he wished his ex "all the best" and revealed that the two pulled the plug on their romance "some time ago."

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Ora later opened up about life post-split in a revealing interview with  Glamour U.K., admitting her breakup with Harris was a tough one to swallow.

"I'm gonna tell you the truth: I'm not doing too great," the British beauty confessed. "But, I'm doing better than I thought. I adore him and he's such an amazing human being. It was more about the situation. It was inconvenient. It sucks. It wasn't about 'us.' It was about the world we live in."

Somehow, we have hunch that Calvin's version of the story is slightly different.

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