Filmmaker Taika Waititi, best known for his work on Thor Ragnarok and Thor Love and Thunder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has reportedly tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, singer-songwriter Rita Ora. The two had first sparked romance rumors last year after appearing at events together. Also read: I have no type: Pop star Rita Ora
News of the couple’s marriage has been confirmed by E! News. Details about their silent marriage are largely unknown. Taika and Rita were first spotted together in a photo she shared on Instagram in April 2021, where they were seen sociable. “Good times, memories, random things on my phone. And the ones I love.” Rita had credited a series of photos at the time, including Taika with his arms around her.
But it wasn’t until August that the two made their relationship official with their red carpet debut as a couple at the Suicide Squad 2 premiere in Los Angeles. This was followed by a performance at the Met Gal in September and the premiere of Marvel’s Eternals in October. After the premiere of Eternals, Taika specifically mentioned Rita in his social media post.
He posted a photo of her on Instagram, writing: “I felt like I got a lot of attention at the #Eternals premiere last night. Maybe it was my date (it was definitely my date), or maybe it was this sick @thombrowne -pak (it was my date)… i guess no one will ever know.
But despite the social media PDA, the couple remained tight-lipped about their romance while interacting with the media. According to an E! News Report, when asked about their relationship in September 2021, Rita said, “I’m in a great place in my life. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”
Aside from his MCU blockbusters, New Zealand-born Taika has directed critically acclaimed films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit. He also starred in the latter as a fictional Adolf Hitler. Taika has previously been married once, to Chelsea Winstanley, from 2011-2018. They share two children, daughters Te Kainga o te Hinekahu and Matewa Kiritapu.
Rita was born in what was then Yugoslavia to Albanian parents and became famous in 2012 with the single Hot Right Now. Since then, she has produced two studio albums and multiple singles, many of which were chart-topping.
(With input from ANI)