‘Family dinner!’ Rita Ora and boyfriend Taika Waititi dine out with Paris Jackson and Ashley Benson in LA
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the singer split from Romain Gavras after six months together.
The pop star and the Kiwi director – who have been dating for a few months – dined out with Paris Jackson, 23, Ashley Benson, 31, and real estate agent Michael Braun.
Family meal! Rita Ora, 30, branded her new beau Taika Waititi, 45, ‘family’ during a meal with Paris Jackson, Ashley Benson and real estate agent Michael Braun in LA, on Saturday evening
Taking to her Instagram Stories, Rita uploaded a snap of the gathering which she captioned: ‘Family dinner.’
The next day, the singer and Ashley reunited for another dinner, but this time with former TOWIE star Vas J Morgan, and their female friend Christina Wall Streit.
It comes after Rita and her Thor director boyfriend were spotted in a steamy clinch with actress Tessa Thompson, 37, while on the balcony of his Sydney home in May.
The trio locked lips after partying through the night during a break from filming the upcoming Marvel sequel, Thor: Love and Thunder, which is slated for a May 2022 release.
Weekend goals: The next day, the singer and Ashley reunited for another dinner, but this time with former TOWIE star Vas J Morgan, and their female friend Christina Wall Streit
No dramas: It comes after Rita and Taika were spotted kissing actress Tessa Thompson, 37, while on the balcony of his Sydney home in May (Pictured with Tessa in 2019, in San Diego)
Tessa plays Valkyrie, who is noted for being the first LGBT character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while Rita was in Sydney filming her judging role on The Voice Australia.
Taika has insisted the smooch was ‘no big deal’, despite reports he was ‘reprimanded’ by Marvel executives for his behaviour.
When asked if he was upset by the media attention the photos received, the filmmaker told ET Canada : ‘Not really. 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.’
Work and pleasure: Taika has insisted the smooch was ‘no big deal’, despite reports he was ‘reprimanded’ by Marvel executives for his behaviour (Pictured on June 26)
While there is no suggestion he did anything wrong, reports later emerged that executives at the Disney-owned Marvel Studios weren’t happy.
‘[It’s] not exactly the image they’re looking to project in relation to one of their biggest franchises,’ an industry insider said at the time.
The source added that Waititi’s reputation for being a ‘party animal’ was no secret at Marvel, but the photos nonetheless ‘crossed the line’.
Waititi was married to fellow Kiwi filmmaker Chelsea Winstanley from 2011 to 2018. The former couple share two children, Te Hinekaahu, eight, and Matewa, five.
Role: Tessa plays Valkyrie, who is noted for being the first LGBT characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe