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Calvin Harris Responds to Rita Ora’s Teen Choice Claim

Simultaneously conveying nothing and everything, Calvin Harris Tweeted a response to Rita Ora’s claim that he denied her permission to perform “I Will Never Let You Down” at the Teen Choice Awards.

“You’ll only know 1 side of the story RE Teen choice awards because I choose not to talk to the papers about every aspect of my personal life,” wrote Harris. “But just know I had a damn good reason.”

News broke this weekend that Rita Ora was forced to withdraw from her scheduled performance at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards. Gossip soon followed suggesting Harris, who is billed as the sole writer and producer of her single “I Will Never Let You Down,” rejected the performance.

Confirming the speculation, Ora told “On Air” host Ryan Seacrest, “He owns the rights to [the song], and he didn’t approve the Teen Choice Awards.”

Beyond explaining that Harris’ rejection was unsurprising, Ora declined to offer any definitive commentary on what prompted Harris’ decision to withhold approval for the performance.

Based on Harris’ Tweet, the suggestion that he rejected the performance appears to be a legitimate one. He, however, feels he was justified in making that call.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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