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Cardi B, Rita Ora, Charli XCX + Bebe Rexha Deliver on Sexy 'Girls'

Cardi B, Rita Ora, Charli XCX + Bebe Rexha Deliver on Sexy 'Girls'

The 27-year-old singer recruited Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX for her sexy new summer anthem, "Girls", which features the foursome seemingly singing about embracing their bi-curious nature.

According to Kiyoko, however, the track "does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community", which she's become somewhat of an icon for - her diehard fans have nicknamed her "Lesbian Jesus" because she openly celebrates her queerness.

In an interview with People published Friday, Rita Ora said the song was inspired by Katy Perry's hit "I Kissed a Girl". "This type of message is unsafe because it completely belittles and invalidates the very pure feelings of the entire community". Atop a synth-laden pop tune, they admit "Sometimes I just want to kiss girls", particularly after some red wine.

And she added that she "definitely" wants Girls to be considered a bisexual anthem, saying: 'I definitely want it to feel like it's an anthem to somebody. To be clear, I fully support other artists who freely express themselves and applaud male and female artists who are opening up more and more about their sexual identities.

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"I think, obviously, the song is very impactful in its own way". It's called "Girls", and, well, the subject matter is exactly what you think: girls. "That's just how it's gonna be". It really is just about that. "I kind of can't go back now", she said of her multifaceted career. While recent Top 10 Anywhere just missed out on the top spot, there's every chance the star power of Girls - plus its very 20gayteen mood (look it up) - could make it Rita's fifth UK Number 1 single...

Ora shed some light on the song's meaning in a recent interview with People magazine, insisting "Girls" was meant to celebrate "gender-fluid freedom".

Talking about how the song evolved, Rita told People: "I wrote this song, like, two years ago in London with my team, and I actually didn't think that much of it".