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Rita Ora, Taika Waititi and Russell Crowe mingle with Vincent D’Onofrio at Sydney restaurant

Rita Ora and her director beau Taika Waititi began their relationship in March this year after meeting in Australia, and look to be going from strength to strength. 

The couple showed off their flair for fashion in eccentric ensembles as they stepped at Sydney’s Woolloomooloo Wharf on Saturday to enjoy dinner at restaurant China Doll, while joined by their celebrity pals Russell Crowe, American actor Vincent D’Onofrio and Gracie Otto.

It was quite the star-studded affair with Rita, 31, and Taika, 46, bumping into radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands, 50, who was on his way to celebrate girlfriend Tegan Kynaston’s 36th birthday at Manta Restaurant, also situated along the wharf.

Fancy seeing you here! The couple bumped into Kyle Sandilands (pictured) who was out celebrating his girlfriend's birthday

A-list dinner date! Rita Ora and her director beau Taika Waititi (both left) mingled with Russell Crowe and US star Vincent D’Onofrio at a Sydney restaurant on Saturday – after bumping into Kyle Sandilands (right) while out celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday

Rita looked sensational in a black bustier and matching skirt that showed off her cleavage, toned tummy and lean legs.

The British songstress added black suede cowboy boots, a black trench coat, stylish dark sunglasses and a box clutch to the look, and styled her caramel locks loosely around her shoulders in tousled waves.

Her makeup was ultra glamorous, consisting of a smoky eye, lashings of mascara, a touch of highlighter on her defined cheekbones, and a slick of natural colour on her pout.

Trim and terrific: Rita, 31, looked sensational in a black bustier and matching skirt, that showed off her cleavage, toned tummy and lean legs

Trim and terrific: Rita, 31, looked sensational in a black bustier and matching skirt, that showed off her cleavage, toned tummy and lean legs 

Details: The British songstress added black suede cowboy boots, a black trench coat, stylish dark sunglasses and a box clutch to the look, and styled her caramel locks loosely around in her shoulders in tousled waves

Details: The British songstress added black suede cowboy boots, a black trench coat, stylish dark sunglasses and a box clutch to the look, and styled her caramel locks loosely around in her shoulders in tousled waves 

Gorgeous: Her makeup was ultra glamorous, consisting of a smoky eye and lashings of mascara

Flawless: She added a touch of highlighter on her defined cheekbones and a slick of natural colour on her pout

Gorgeous: Her makeup was ultra glamorous, consisting of a smoky eye, lashings of mascara, a touch of highlighter on her defined cheekbones and a natural lip

Sister act: Rita was accompanied by her sister Elena Ora, who stunned in a psychedelic print frock, teamed with an orange feather-trimmed cardigan and embellished black patent heels

Sister act: Rita was accompanied by her sister Elena Ora, who stunned in a psychedelic print frock, teamed with an orange feather-trimmed cardigan and embellished black patent heels

Rita kept close to Taika, who made a bold statement in a crisp white dress shirt, a flamboyant blue and red print suit jacket, black trousers and burgundy Dr. Martens shoes. 

Accompanied by Rita’s sister Elena Ora, the lovebirds bumped into KIIS FM host Kyle, who was en route to Manta Restaurant to celebrate girlfriend Tegan’s 36th birthday.

Kyle donned a head-to-toe black ensemble and engaged in friendly banter with the couple, seen shaking Taika’s hand and warmly embracing Rita. 

Eye-catching: Rita kept close to aika, who made a bold statement in a crisp white dress shirt, a flamboyant blue and red print suit jacket, black trousers and burgundy Dr. Martens shoes

Eye-catching: Rita kept close to aika, who made a bold statement in a crisp white dress shirt, a flamboyant blue and red print suit jacket, black trousers and burgundy Dr. Martens shoes 

A perfect Saturday: The trio appeared in great spirits as they made their way to China Doll restaurant

Content: The trio appeared relaxed and at ease

A perfect Saturday: The trio appeared in great spirits as they made their way to China Doll restaurant 

Sighting: Rita and Taika bumped into KIIS FM host Kyle Sandilands, who was en route to Manta Restaurant

Sighting: Rita and Taika bumped into KIIS FM host Kyle Sandilands, who was en route to Manta Restaurant

Celebrations: Kyle was en route to celebrate girlfriend Tegan Kynaston's 36th birthday. The couple are also pictured with their pals John Ibrahim and his partner Sarah Budge

Celebrations: Kyle was en route to celebrate girlfriend Tegan Kynaston’s 36th birthday. The couple are also pictured with their pals John Ibrahim and his partner Sarah Budge 

While he wasn’t pictured en route to the restaurant, Russell Crowe, 57, appeared in great spirits as he enjoyed a meal with Rita, Taika, and their pals Vincent, 62, and Gracie, 34.

Law & Order star Vincent attended the 2021 AACTA Awards in Sydney on Wednesday, where he presented the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film alongside Deborah Mailman.  

Rita is in Australia to film The Voice: Generations and the next main season of The Voice Australia, with production believed to have commenced last weekend.

Friendly: The radio host warmly embraced Rita

Familiar face: They looked to have had a lot to catch up on

Friendly: The radio host warmly embraced Rita and looked to have had a lot to catch up on

Classic black: Kyle opted for a head-to-toe black ensemble for his restaurant outing

Classic black: Kyle opted for a head-to-toe black ensemble for his restaurant outing 

All okay? At one stage, the group appeared fixated on something

All okay? At one stage, the group appeared fixated on something 

Trendy: Kyle also showed off a very youthful hairstyle

Trendy: Kyle also showed off a very youthful hairstyle 

Her Kiwi boyfriend is also rumoured to be continuing work on several upcoming films, including Thor: Love and Thunder, which is in post-production. 

The sighting comes after Rita revealed freezing her eggs was the ‘best thing she ever did’ in a candid new interview.  

The Body on Me hit-maker told how she would ‘love to have a nice big family’ while also gushing over her romance with Taika, saying she ‘wasn’t expecting to find love’ with him. 

Down Under: Rita is in Australia to film The Voice: Generations and the next main season of The Voice Australia, with production believed to have commenced last weekend

Down Under: Rita is in Australia to film The Voice: Generations and the next main season of The Voice Australia, with production believed to have commenced last weekend 

A-list pal: While he wasn't pictured en route to the restaurant, Russell Crowe (pictured), 57, appeared in great spirits as he enjoyed a meal with Rita, Taika, and their pals Vincent D'Onofrio, 62, and Gracie Otto, 34

A-list pal: While he wasn’t pictured en route to the restaurant, Russell Crowe (pictured), 57, appeared in great spirits as he enjoyed a meal with Rita, Taika, and their pals Vincent D’Onofrio, 62, and Gracie Otto, 34 

Attire: Russell donned a black ensemble

Relaxed: He appeared in great spirits

Attire: Russell donned a black ensemble and appeared in great spirits on the dinner outing 

Talking tales of showbiz? Russell was seen deep in conversation with Gracie and Vincent (both right)

Talking tales of showbiz? Russell was seen deep in conversation with Gracie and Vincent (both right) 

Kosovo-born Rita froze her eggs at age 24 and then again at age 27 after seeking the advice of her doctor. 

Speaking to The Independent Rita explained of the process and her decision making: ‘I’d love to have a nice big family! 

‘I think as women, we put that pressure on ourselves, subconsciously, because we feel like that is our duty – to create and give life.  

Star dinner: Pictured also at the table is Rita and Taika (both left)

Star dinner: Pictured also at the table is Rita and Taika (both left) 

By the harbour: When in Sydney, Russell is known to frequent the restaurants along Woolloomooloo Wharf

Luxurious: The Gladiator star also owns a property on the wharf

By the harbour: When in Sydney, Russell is known to frequent the restaurants along Woolloomooloo Wharf

Industry: Russell has been busy promoting the 2021 AACTA Awards, for which he acts as president. The awards ceremony took place in Sydney on Wednesday

Industry: Russell has been busy promoting the 2021 AACTA Awards, for which he acts as president. The awards ceremony took place in Sydney on Wednesday 

‘So, I just wanted to not worry about it. And I didn’t after, and it was the best thing I ever did.’

Elsewhere in her chat with the publication, she spoke about her romance with Taika, saying: ‘I didn’t expect to find love in Australia, nor was I looking for it.’ 

She added that she is keen to keep her relationship out of the spotlight and ‘protect it’, before saying she has changed the way she dates in the public eye now. 

Connections: Russell is often seen mingling with Hollywood stars when in Sydney

Connections: Russell is often seen mingling with Hollywood stars in Sydney

Connections: Russell is often seen mingling with Hollywood stars when in Sydney 

Chic: Gracie (pictured) donned a white top, paired with a tailored black suit jacket, matching trousers and pristine white sneakers

Chic: Gracie (pictured) donned a white top, paired with a tailored black suit jacket, matching trousers and pristine white sneakers 

‘I think protecting something that you really care about, you’ve got to have a sense of privacy a little bit. I wouldn’t have known that if I didn’t go through what I went through in the past,’ she said. 

When asked to elaborate, Rita said she used to be ‘so trusting and sometimes oversharing’. 

Rita met the Oscar-winning filmmaker in Australia in February while she was filming The Voice Australia.

Notable name: She appeared in great spirits as she walked alongside Law & Order star Vincent (right)

Notable name: She appeared in great spirits as she walked alongside Law & Order star Vincent (right) 

Demeanour: Vincent donned a black ensemble and vibrant sneakers for the restaurant outing and appeared relaxed and at ease

Demeanour: Vincent donned a black ensemble and vibrant sneakers for the restaurant outing and appeared relaxed and at ease

Presenting gig: Vincent presented an award alongside Deborah Mailman at the 2021 AACTA Awards in Sydney

Latest gig: Presenting gig: Vincent presented an award alongside Deborah Mailman at the 2021 AACTA Awards in Sydney

Presenting gig: Vincent presented an award alongside Deborah Mailman at the 2021 AACTA Awards in Sydney

In great spirits: At one stage, Vincent and Gracie shared a laugh

In great spirits: At one stage, Vincent and Gracie shared a laugh

A source told The Sun the duo started dating ‘secretly’ in early March, three months before she left Australia for Los Angeles in early June.

‘All their friends know about the relationship – they’re really into each other,’ the insider said at the time.

The couple made their red carpet debut at the LA premiere of The Suicide Squad on August 2.

Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley, but the pair are believed to have quietly split in 2018.

They share two daughters, Te Hinekāhu and Matewa Kiritapu.  

Natural beauty: Gracie styled her blonde locks out, and looked to have worn minimal makeup

Natural beauty: Gracie styled her blonde locks out, and looked to have worn minimal makeup

Departure: Rita checked her iPhone while Taika puffed on a cigarette as they made their way home

Departure: Rita checked her iPhone while Taika puffed on a cigarette as they made their way home

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