Pop star Rita Ora says she made “a serious and inexcusable error of judgement” and is “truly sorry for breaking the rules”.
Rita Ora says she’s “deeply sorry” for breaking lockdown rules by celebrating her birthday with 30 friends.
The How We Do singer held what she says was a “small gathering” in a west London restaurant over the weekend to mark her 30th.
Celebrity guests included Cara Delevingne and her sister Poppy, and former The Only Way Is Essex star Vas J Morgan.
Scotland Yard confirmed that officers had been called to an address in Notting Hill on Saturday night amid a breach of COVID-19 regulations.
Current lockdown rules in England state that restaurants and pubs should be open for takeaway and delivery only, and that people are not allowed to mix indoors or outside in groups larger than six.
Ora posted an apology on Instagram admitting that she was “embarrassed” because she knows how hard people have worked to combat coronavirus.
In a statement on her Instagram story, Ora wrote: “Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
“It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK…
“I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.
“This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
“I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.
“Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.”