Taika Waititi, Rita Ora & Tessa Thompson are possibly a throuple in Australia

New Couple Alert! Kiwi director Taika Waititi and British singer Rita Ora make their first public appearance as a couple

There’s always a lot of fan-fiction going around about so many celebrities. Stan-culture becomes ship-culture and people convince themselves that two actors are secretly dating or something very complicated is happening behind the scenes. Sometimes, that kind of gossip is just harmless fandom and sometimes it gets really toxic in a hurry. It was not until today that I realized that people believed that Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson are secretly in love with each other? They’re apparently friends in real life and they’ve been developing some secret project together, and the shippers are convinced that all of that amounts to “they’re in love with each other.”

I bring all of this up because Tessa Thompson is in Australia, working on Thor: Love and Thunder with director Taika Waititi. Taika, as we know, has been dating Rita Ora for a month or two. Rita is in Australia as a judge on their version of The Voice. Rita and Taika have been seen out together a few times. The paparazzi obviously know where to find Taika in Sydney, and it’s not like Taika and Rita have been hiding. So… the paparazzi got photos of Taika with his arms around Tessa and Rita. They were all hanging out somewhere, having fun and kissing. It looks like they’re a throuple and now people are like “omg Brie is going to be so mad.”

There are lots of photos, it wasn’t just, like, one moment when they were kidding around. Taika is hot, Tessa is hot, Rita is… um, Rita. For Rita, this is the most interesting she’s ever been. For Taika, this screams “messy midlife crisis.” For Tessa, this is hopefully just some fun and something she’s totally cool with. It’s possible that they were all just drunk and having fun and it’s nothing but the number of photos definitely makes it feel like it’s something!

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New Couple Alert! Kiwi director Taika Waititi and British singer Rita Ora make their first public appearance as a couple

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  1. Silver Charm says:

    The Thor Love and Thunder cast has done nothing but party during the pandemic.

    The DM says they partied through this night. This honestly looks like people coming down from something. Im sure Disney loves this mess.

    • Kimberly says:


    • Twin falls says:

      “This honestly looks like people coming down from something.”


    • Renata says:

      Yes, I’d urge you guys to watch the video but don’t want to send you to Daily Mail. Anyway the video makes it clear it’s just people getting cuddly from some drug. They are in each other’s space but the kisses are very chaste and none on the lips. The video contains all the moments these pics are from. I guess it’s possible that these two degenerate s are trying to seduce Tessa but then there are other people on the couch with them during the cuddling and I don’t think that’s how you seduce a unicorn into a throuple.

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah I watched it, I don’t see anything other than people hanging out after partying. Especially with other people sitting there too, conveniently cropped out of the paparazzi photos.

      • tealily says:

        “These two degenerate s are trying to seduce Tessa” whuh???

    • lemonylips says:

      It really looks like an afterparty moment.

    • Elise says:

      Looks to me like they are on E.

      • Normades says:

        I was doing that stuff in my early 20’s and it’s been 20 years and I haven’t touched it since. It’s one thing for Miley Cyrus to sing about Molly but this is just a pathetic look for Taika. Get a grip dude.

      • bettyrose says:

        Normades – ITA! I mean, if they’re really a throuple more power to them, but like all the other posters this just looked to me like partying. Not judging drug fueled threesomes either, but at some point in life you really oughta just get that hotel room and stay out of the spotlight with it.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “This honestly looks like people coming down from something.”

      yup, rollin’ all night, have a couple cocktails as you’re coming down to sleep it off.

      • Silver Charm says:

        Definitely Aussie Molly. Didn’t know if I could speculate that here.

      • Justjj says:

        I’m not a rich and famous celebrity, but I don’t understand how grown as$ adults do molly, I really don’t, in the real world, it’s kind of teenagers/college kids or losers with no jobs and no lives that do molly. Right? At least where I live.

    • nievie says:

      its tough being a movie director ain’t it….the tasks you have to perform….xD

  2. Delphine says:

    My brain just exploded but have fun kids.

  3. Jayce says:

    When you’ve finally scored that Star Wars film, but you don’t really want to work for the Mouse House anymore. This man’s fuq boi phase is so cliché.

    These three are obviously hamming it up for the camera, but it’s not a good look for an employer with his gf and his employee.

    • molly says:

      The coworker/power dynamic part is really bothering me. Let three consenting adults do whatever, but it’s really inappropriate that Taika and Tessa have a working relationship.

      • Cava24 says:

        I checked IMDB and it doesn’t look like Taika has a producer’s credit on Thor but he is one of the writers and what happens if the relationship goes south? She gets written out of the next film? Does she get to say “thanks but no thanks” to whatever he is offering up? It’s just bad.

      • lucy2 says:

        Cava he’s the director and writer of the movie. He’s for sure in a boss position to Tessa and the other actors. That’s the only part of it that would give me pause, the power dynamic, but I don’t think this is anything more than a bunch of wasted people hanging out.
        You would think Disney may not like their director and actors partying that much during an expensive film shoot, but they also probably know the movie will make huge bucks and don’t care.

      • Normades says:

        @cava yea me thinks she’ll totally end up on the cutting room floor just like that whole album Calvin Harris wouldn’t let her release

      • Ana170 says:

        Tessa’s contract is with Marvel. So is Taika’s. Neither works for the other. Kevin Feige is their boss. Taika might be directing the movie set but he can’t, say, fire Tessa.

    • Jayce says:

      @ Ana That’s not how movie sets work. The director is very much the boss. Taika doesn’t have the power to fire Chris Hemsworth, but he cast Tessa and he does have power over her on set and in the editing suite.

  4. Léna says:

    Tessa is the hottest of the 3.

    • TQ says:

      Yeah, for sure. Both looks and class.

      And given my high esteem for both Janelle Monáe and Brie Larson, this just seems like a big downgrade to two messy AF people.

      But whatever, consenting adults having fun it seems.

    • theothercleo says:

      Yeah she is. Or was. I mean, Rita “thirsty as hell” Ora and Taika “messy mid-life crisis” Waititi? She could do better.

      • Renata says:

        I’m here to rescue Tessa’s reputation. Watch the video on the DM article. Our girl was just on some molly or something and being cuddly with her friends. The pics are taking a snapshot of an innocent hangout.

  5. mindy_dopple says:

    I’m into it either way!! If they decided to mess with the paps and gossip sites, have fun! If they’re legit trying this throuple open thing, also fun!! Now just between us friends in the privacy of the internet, I’m not on the spectrum for a throuple like this… but I always loved the throuple in the movie Savage.

    • Silver Charm says:

      I don’t think they’re hamming it up. They wouldn’t mess up that Disney bag like this. Plus Taika has never been in front of a camera he won’t acknowledge and swan in front of Timberlake-style. He’s also in the middle of a custody battle.

      • browniecakes says:

        I agree. Taika distanced himself from RO and tried to hide his face with his ball cap if you’ve seen the entire photo stream when they were papped walking into the Chiswick rest. And he did that dumb hide his face with his hoodie at the hungover take away bkst. I think he tries to hide from the paps but he’s bad at it. And he’s dating their queen.

      • Stina says:

        I have no idea what is happening with the 3 of them. However, Taika has definitely been in front of the camera. He was in the tv version of What We Do In The Shadows and he was a main character in JoJo Rabbit, just to name two. He also has an offbeat sense of humor. They very well may be on drugs, but it also would not surprise me if he saw the paps and did that on purpose to mess with them. He, whatever they are doing, they look like they are having a great time. Three consenting adults. There shouldn’t be any scandal here, but yeah Disney might not approve LOL

      • browniecakes says:

        Aren’t PR stunts supposed to make you look good?

  6. Lightpurple says:

    Been waiting for this all morning!

  7. Lemons says:

    Tessa….noooooo. I have never heard of people shipping her and Brie together but that’s hilarious. I love it.

  8. Case says:

    Tessa, noooo!

    She was with Janelle Monae for a long time. This is…definitely a step down.

    • Malificent says:

      Tessa has nowhere to go but down. Everyone else on the planet is a step down from Janelle.

      That said, I think they are just messing with the paparazzi. They were all wasted, and Taika was like, “Wouldn’t it be hilarious if….”

    • TQ says:

      @Case — This!!! 100% agree!!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Eh, if they’re having fun and no one is getting hurt or being used, go for it.

    • Coz' says:

      My thoughts exactly. People are so damn judgy.

    • Normades says:

      If a 40 year old wants to do drugs on his own time that’s fine, but he’s on the studio’s time rn and partying with people who he’s technically their superior. It’s unprofessional AF and terrible for his reputation.

    • LightPurple says:

      Taika is Tessa’s boss on Thor: Love and Thunder, so this is inappropriate, not just for her but for other people working on the film if she gets special treatment from this.

      • browniecakes says:

        And while filming Ragnarok he was involved with his assistant, and she sat next to him at the Oscars. I’d say he needs to get out more, but when he does he ends up with RO.

  10. ce says:

    I love this and can’t stop laughing. Get it!!

  11. Maddie says:

    All I see is a man in a full blown midlife-crisis, a woman desperate for attention, a lot of partying, possibly drugs… and Tessa Thompson.

    • L4frimaire says:

      This is so weird and random. Also, with Tessa being directed by Taika, kinda unprofessional and messy.

      • nutella toast says:

        Yeah – that was my first thought too. Dude, you’re essentially one of her bosses right now – get your hand off her backside or we’re going to be writing about you in 6 months regarding inappropriate behaviour on set. I don’t care what people do in their private life, but this is while business is still happening.

      • browniecakes says:

        Someone who attended 2 of Taika’s screenings/q&a s for JoJoR said he was tanked at both. Rehab in his future? His ex wife said she stopped drinking.

      • tealily says:

        @Browniecakes he has developed visible booze bloat over the past couple of years. I’ve been such a fan of his movies and was excited that he got this big shot in Hollywood after his indie and New Zealand career, but it seems pretty clear that more money = more partying. Such a disappointment.

      • Jenn says:

        @tealily Whoa, you’re right, he *is* bloated now. Wow. That’s not so much disappointing to me as it is… concerning? He may be self-destructing and in need of help.

  12. Gobo says:

    E. So much E, all night long.

    • cassandra says:

      That was my first thought

      Throuple is a jump, but super effed up and extra friendly from partying all night? Oh yeah

  13. browniecakes says:

    Once Taika got a Bondi Bch house, the paps had it easy. They just need to camp out. Saves Rita a text.

  14. Evenstar says:

    I mean, I don’t particularly dig it because Tessa works for Taika, and Taika has been having an ongoing semi-public mid life crisis for a couple years now and is steadily becoming insufferable. And Rita is Rita. Based on how much partying they’ve been doing, they and the whole Thor 4 cast seem annoying and exhausting to be around, tbh.

  15. Movie lover says:

    Was a huge fan of Takia, some of his movies are my favourite movies ever but he seems really messy and insufferable lately. I really believe he started getting big in Hollywood and starting fu*king anything that moved behind his wife’s back and now that they are separated he’s doing it for all to see. Rita Ora? Really? Your a Oscar winning director and you chose to date a woman that was just fined 10,000 pound because they broke covid rules? That is always phoning paparazzi and has dated half of Hollywood (well seems they suit in that regards)

  16. Leslie says:

    I mean, Tessa is Taika’s employee. Them having a relationship isn’t a good look IMO because of the inherent power imbalance.

  17. Brubs says:

    my god you guys are so judgy

  18. sunny says:

    Bless this mess. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone now that things are opening up in certain parts of the world, I am here for consenting adults having fun.

    • Normades says:

      They can do what they want on their own time but he’s technically there to work, not party with employees. And you can bet for sure HIS employers see him. It’s just so messy.

      • sunny says:

        True but if this is off set and not during filming hours, they can do what they want.

  19. Kealeen says:

    “Rita is…um, Rita.” I literally spit out my Gatorade when I read that. It’s the most perfect description of Rita Ora that’s ever been written.

  20. Hmn says:

    I figured this was just a misunderstanding because none of the kisses looked heated or passionate. Tessa is too good for both of them.

  21. Darla says:

    I’m sorry I find this so disgusting because I find him disgusting. I just don’t like him. And people complain about Affleck. Well, to each their own but NOPE.

  22. milliemollie says:

    All I see are three people putting on a show for the paps. I know that Rita and Taika are thirsty af, but Tessa? I thought she was better than this.

    • Eva says:

      This. Tessa is a great actress, she doesn’t need this kind of attention, this is going to be so bad for her. She already gets hate because of Valkerye, and the haters will say (they are already saying) that this is how she gets her roles. Sad.
      This will not affect Taika, he is a man. Rita loves attention. Tessa is the most vulnerable here.

  23. Veronica S. says:

    I mean, as long as it’s all consenting adults having fun, I don’t really see the issue. Mostly it’s just a tragedy to me because my attraction to Watiti fell off after he dumped his wife after his profile blew up, so even my horny bi ass can’t enjoy the aesthetics of these lol. I’m really wondering if he’s going through some kind of mid-life crisis or just one of those people who took a level in douchebag after getting famous.

  24. Kristen says:

    This seems great, and idk why this means he’s having a mid-life crisis. All three of these folks are age-appropriate, single, consenting adults — it’s kind of ridiculous to imply that you’re no longer allowed to have certain kinds of fun after some random “too adult” age.

    • tealily says:

      Nah, it’s coupled with the revelation of his recent split from his (intelligent, classy) wife.

  25. Chisey says:

    I’m conflicted. I want to be all-in on some really fun gossip, but the power dynamic between Taika and Tessa (and the signal it might send to others on set) is keeping me from being totally excited about it. Not saying he’s being gross, but I wish they’d waited til the movie wrapped.

  26. browniecakes says:

    The Thor4 wrap party ought to be epic!

    • Silver Charm says:

      Kevin Feige probably gonna fly down and chaperone bc these three idiots are all over celeb news sites.

      • browniecakes says:

        By the time Feige did his two week quarantine in AU this lot could be to the wind. I would be!

  27. The Recluse says:

    Kind of tacky and the overlords at Disney might not be happy with these shenanigans casting a shadow over their film. If I were Taika, I’d chill out for a bit.

  28. Antonio Mus says:

    Meh. My only wish is that the word “throuple” could die. Awful, what happened to threesome?

    • Lex says:

      A threesome is usually just a fleeting sexual encounter. A throuple is actually a three-person ‘couple’, all in a relationship together. That doesn’t look like what this is though.

  29. lise says:

    lol good 4 them. im glad someone’s having fun

  30. Eulalia says:

    So I might be out of the loop a bit but can someone explain to me why people are saying Brie Larsen will be mad?

  31. SM says:

    Love Taika’s movies, but this screams midlife crisis. And all 3 of them look like privileged, childish famewhores while the rest of the world is still struggling out of a global pandemic.