Rita Ora’s “All’s Fair in Love and War” Hip Tattoo

Rita Ora’s “All’s Fair in Love and War” Hip Tattoo
By | On August 14, 2012

Like many other inked-up celebrities, Rita Ora is a fan of quote tattoos, one of her most famous being the quote “All’s fair in love and war,” which the British singer had inked on her hip sometime before August 2012. In addition to her hip tattoo, Rita has a number of other tats inspired by the idea of love, including the “love me” tat on her wrist, the word “love” on her finger, the quote “love all, trust a few, do wrong to none” that she has inked on her side, and the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite tattoo she has on her arm. Hmm…something tells us Rita is looking for a little love in her life, what do you all think?

Rita Ora Has “Never Been in Love”

It’s likely that the very same thing that inspired Rita Ora’s tattoo is what led her to record the track “Love and War” on her debut album ORA. In the song, in which Rita teams up with fellow Roc Nation artist J. Cole, the British pop star sings, “I don’t wanna fight anymore / You go off, I go off / And you mad over nothing / I don’t wanna fight anymore / Can’t we just make love and not war.” Funny thing is, despite her incredible good looks, bubbly personality and love-inspired tracks and tattoos….Rita Ora has never been in love! During a 2012 interview, Rita admitted: “I’ve never been in love. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I think it’s sad. Honestly, I don’t have time for a relationship.”

Where Does “All’s Fair in Love and War” Come From?

The quote “All’s fair in love and war” from Rita’s hip tat is often attributed to William Shakespeare, but the line is actually a misquotation from John Lyly’s 1578 novel Euphues: The Anatomy of Wyt. The original quote was “The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war,” which was later shortened to “All’s fair in love and war.” Most people interpret this quote to mean that, in situations where love is at stake, or during war, we are not bound by the rules of fair play. Others take “All’s fair in love and war” to symbolize “an eye for an eye,” meaning, if your significant other does you physical or emotional harm (i.e. cheats on you), it’s only fair that you dish it right back.

What Does Rita’s Hip Tat Mean?

Regardless of how it is interpreted from person to person, we are going to go out on a limb here and say that the quote “All’s fair in love and war” has a personal meaning for pretty much everyone. What do you think Rita is referring to with her hip tattoo?


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