IT'S no secret that Rita Ora comes from a close-knit family.

Besnik Sahatçiu is the singer's proud father and while his daughter sells out stadiums, he runs his own successful pub in North London.

Who is Rita Ora's dad?

Rita's father is an Albanian businessman and pub-owner named Besnik Sahatçiu.

Rita's father took his family from Kosovo to London in 1991 when the singer was just a baby, to escape the persecution of Albanians in the country.

The family lived in Kensal Rise, when her father purchased the Queen's Arms pub in Kilburn in the late nineties – which he still owns and runs.

Rita's musical beginnings involved performing in her father's pub. 

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Back in 2012, Rita told the Evening Standard: "I love eating at my dad’s pub, the Queens Arms in Kilburn. It does a traditional Albanian spinach pie."

Besnik's surname Sahatçiu means "watchmaker" in Turkish, but her parents added Ora, which means "time", so the name could be easily pronounced in England.

Rita is close with her father, but he has chastised his daughter for flouting Covid rules after hosting a 30th birthday party during lockdown.

A friend said: “Rita knows she’s let her fans down massively and feels a huge weight of responsibility on her shoulders.

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“Her parents have been the latest to step in and have words with her.

“Her mum Vera visited her on Sunday to give her a real ticking off. And then Rita’s dad Besnik took her out for a long walk to discuss what had happened.

“Rita knows she has made mistakes and is heartbroken that she’s caused so much pain and disappointment to her fans — let alone her family.

“She is incredibly close to Vera and Besnik and has taken their advice on board."

Where is Rita Ora's dad from?

Rita's father is Albanian and he is a nominal Muslim.

His father, and Rita's paternal grandfather, was a Kosova film director named Besim Sahatçiu.

Rita was named an Honorary Ambassador of Kosovo in 2015, 23 years after leaving the country.

Who is he married to and does he have any other children?

Besnik is married to Rita's mother Vera Sahatçiu, a psychiatrist based in London.

Rita's big sister Elena, has managed her popstar sibling since she was just 18-years-old, and now works as the creative director of brands Red Ora and Ora LTD.

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Elena said: “It’s harder as it’s not just a job and it’s difficult for people to understand that. This is my life, passion and work and the legacy we want to leave together.”

Rita also has a younger brother called Don, who graduated with a business degree at Regent's University London in 2019.

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