Rita Ora: 'R.I.P' to Rumors She's Dating Drake

By the Associated Press | May 8, 2012 | 2:17 PM EDT

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, performer Rita Ora arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London. Jay-Z's protege Rita Ora said Tuesday, May 8, 2012 she's not dating Drake, they're just good friends. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)

LONDON (AP) — Jay-Z's protege Rita Ora says she's not dating Drake, they're just good friends.

She did, however, fall in love with a track he wrote, "R.I.P." It's Ora's debut single in the U.K., where it's No. 1 on iTunes.

The Kosovo-born singer had a party in London on Tuesday to celebrate.

Ora says she loved the track the moment she heard it, but she's only pals with Drake.

Ora says: "We're really good friends actually ... He has my back so it's really nice to know I have a guy that's a good friend like that."

The 21-year-old is signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation and is now on the radar of the paparazzi, who hung around outside the party.

Ora says, "I'm like, oh my God, they care!"


Online: rocnation.com/ritaora