Rita Ora reveals she attends therapy sessions for fear of death

The singer says she 'used to have panic attacks when I was little'

Rita Ora has revealed that she suffers from thanatophobia, an extreme fear of death or dying.

The singer was speaking to The Guardian when she disclosed that she attends therapy sessions for the condition.

“Death is my biggest phobia,” Ora said. “I used to have panic attacks when I was little, saying, ‘Mum, I don’t want to die.’ I’ve been to therapy and still try to go every week.”

In the same interview, Ora described her earliest memory as “Playing hide and seek in a cemetery in Earl’s Court when I was seven – no-one found me and I thought I was going to get stolen by ghosts.”


The pop star, who is set to be a judge on the next series of The X-Factor, also recently responded to lewd comments A$AP Rocky made about her on his new album, describing the rapper as “tasteless”.

Ora told Glamour: “Disrespecting women. It’s not cool. There’s more to a person than who you’re dating… don’t disregard what I’ve done with my career because of someone that I was dating – if I was even dating that person. Which I wasn’t. Let’s be very clear on that. I was not. And nor will I ever.”

Going on to discuss the double standards faced by women when it comes to their sex lives, she added: “What I’m saying is: it’s not cool that females always have that shadow on their back… and now I’m not talking about A$AP. I’m talking about anything that I’ve experienced in my life.”

Rita Ora is set to release a new album later this year, following on from her 2012 debut.