Commander in the Order of the British Empire, Guinness World Record holder, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Brit Award recipient Barry Gibb is a man whose legacy is cemented in history. He is a living legend. A musical deity. A figure whom hundreds of thousands of people look up to and hope to emulate.

Gibb is an artist whose talent and taste is essentially indisputable, so it comes as no surprise to learn that Rita Ora is one of his favourite singers.

Speaking to Metro News, Gibb heaped praise onto the quintuple-threat after being asked who his favourite pop stars were.

Ed Sheeran; he has a lot of miles ahead of him, and you know Rita Ora and Ariana – she’s gonna have a great future.

Gibb is the most recent of an ever-growing list of pop icons to have showered Rita with love – she’s also found fans in Charli XCX, Madonna, and probably Beyoncé.

The singer just scored her 9th top ten hit in the UK with ‘Your Song’, and has recently teased what can only be described as the next recipient of the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

With an instantly recognizable mix of girl next door relatability and high quality sportswear, Rita Ora has attracted a devout following from all corners of the planet throughout her five year career.

Asides from music, Rita has established herself as an ambassador for Adidas, Calvin Klein, Coca-Cola, and the Republic of Kosovo. She’s also lent her talents to platforms such as The Voice, The X Factor, and America’s Next Top Model.

But for all that she brings to the table, it was Gibb’s closing reflection that perfectly encapsulated what makes Rita the pop phenom she is – a statement that many will echo as the one definitive reason for their unwavering support of the superstar.

I am a female singer fan. I am inclined towards female singers.