Celeb Filled With 'Guilt, Shame' Over Coronavirus Mistakes

Turns out Rita Ora didn't just violate one coronavirus-related rule
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2020 4:02 PM CST
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In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 file photo, singer Rita Ora poses for photographers upon her arrival at the British Fashion Awards in central London.   (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

British singer Rita Ora has already apologized for attending her own London birthday party in violation of COVID rules. Now it turns out she made two missteps by showing up at the Notting Hill restaurant on Nov. 28. The Guardian reports that the Mail on Sunday subsequently revealed that one week prior she flew by private jet to Cairo, where she earned six figures singing at a private corporate event. Her return to England on Nov. 22 should have kicked off a 14-day quarantine—but instead she was at that party six days later. She has now apologized a second time, saying that upon her return "I should have followed government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow government advice and … I apologize again, unreservedly."

She continued, "While I realize the apologetic words of a pop star might not carry much weight, especially one who has broken the rules like I have, I do realize some might seek to follow my example. My message to them is simple: please don’t. The guilt and shame I’ve carried this week for my mistake aren’t worth it. Instead, continue to listen to the government advice and the voices of the heroes of the NHS and take the required precautions." She said she plans to give any profit from the Egypt appearance to charity. (Read more celebrity stories.)

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