Rita Ora says ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris helped her get over her "love fantasy."
The 'Black Widow' hitmaker, who split from the Scottish DJ last year and is now dating Ricky Hill, admits their bitter breakup made her realise she wasn't being true to herself and inspired many of the songs on her upcoming second album.
The 24-year-old singer explained: "I had a breakup, or whatever, and it really made me realise what I was trying to do.
"I had been fixated on this love fantasy, but really it wasn't like that, and I had to take myself back."
The blonde beauty says her new record has "got a lot more depth" as a result of her personal growth.
She told NYLON magazine: "For me, this was my moment where I had to be real and tell the truth and be honest.
"I love my pop songs, and I'm still gonna be pop, but this has just got a lot more depth to it."
Meanwhile, Rita considers her celebrity friendships "sacred" and thinks it's important to voice her support for her peers.
She said: "I've always been really outspoken it, like telling another woman, 'You killed it.' I don't think a lot of females do that these days, especially in this industry.
"It's the same with all of my friends - with [Charli XCX], with [Iggy Azalea], with [Cara Delevingne] and Katy Perry, who's an amazing person inside and out and so talented, the biggest star in the world.
"She's always been the same, and she's just so funny and fun and loud and really cool. I'm like, 'Yeah! That's what I wanna be like! I wanna stay that way!' You've gotta really be sacred with these friendships, 'cause people can corrupt them."