British singer Rita Ora made quite the brave decision when she moved to New York City at 17-years-old.

Luckily, she had an amazing A-list rapper to help her along the way.

"I was really lucky. Being signed to Jay-Z and him being a New Yorker—nobody knows New York better than he does—I was lucky enough to have my mentors really just look out for me," she told E! News exclusively. "They taught me a lot about my life and how I am and I'm forever grateful. I love those boys."

The face of DKNY's "My New York" fragrance says Jay Z and her pals also helped her stay away from going out and drinking when she was a young up and coming artist.

Along the way, however, the talented singer admits to making a few mistakes, especially on social media.

"You forget how many people follow you sometimes," she joked to Alicia Quarles. "It's about learning what to say and what not to say."

Rita Ora

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With such a strong connection to her fans, Ora admits it can be hard to stay quiet on certain issues.

"I don't hide anything and my music really represents what's happening in my life," she said while teasing her new album out this coming January. "Everything is about honesty for me."

But despite a real and candid connection with fans, Ora is trying to move on from her past (and very public) relationships with Calvin Harris and Rob Kardashian.

When Alicia asked the singer if she ever wants to clear stuff up with her fans, Ora remained mum.

"My main focus is honestly all the things that I'm involved in," she said. "Everything is more important than talking about the things I've been through."  

For more on Rita Ora's music and love life, watch E! News tonight at 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

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