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Taika Waititi cuts a casual figure at JFK airport in New York City


Taika  Waititi appeared to be in a good spirits when he was spotted in John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.

The 46-year-old Thor: Love And Thunder director flashed a smile when he was seen checking in for his flight to London on Saturday.

The New Zealand native’s latest sighting follows reports that he and his girlfriend Rita Ora are reportedly set to wed one another after almost simultaneously popping the question.

All smiles: Taika Waititi, 46, appeared to be in a good spirits when he was spotted in John F. Kennedy airport in New York City on Saturday

All smiles: Taika Waititi, 46, appeared to be in a good spirits when he was spotted in John F. Kennedy airport in New York City on Saturday

Taika cut a casual figure in a beige graphic t-shirt under a light blue denim long-sleeved shirt that was emblazoned with the logo of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Academy Award winner had on baggy black trousers and sported white sneakers and a black baseball cap.

The Jojo Rabbit helmer accessorized with a gold bracelet and  a thick gold ring that he wore on the ring finger of his right hand.

Dressed-down: Taika cut a casual figure in a beige graphic t-shirt under a light blue denim long-sleeved shirt that was emblazoned with the logo of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Dressed-down: Taika cut a casual figure in a beige graphic t-shirt under a light blue denim long-sleeved shirt that was emblazoned with the logo of the Los Angeles Dodgers

He carried a large black backpack and a water bottle as he walked through the airport.

The Mandalorian voice-over performer later donned a gray and black face mask as he waited at the security checkpoint. 

On Friday night, Rita was spotted out in London as she enjoyed a night out with pals at The Aubrey restaurant in Knightsbridge.   

Taking precautions: The Mandalorian voice-over performer later donned a gray and black face mask as he waited at the security checkpoint

Taking precautions: The Mandalorian voice-over performer later donned a gray and black face mask as he waited at the security checkpoint

Reports had emerged earlier in the week that Taika and the British songstress were engaged and planning an imminent, low-key ceremony abroad before celebrating with their fellow A-listers in a big London bash later this year. 

It is understood that Rita, who is working on several films and The Voice Australia, and Taika, who is planning a string of movies, hope to tie the knot once their work commitments have wrapped up.

A friend told The Sun: ‘This isn’t about them doing a big showy thing and crowing about it beforehand. It’s just about them being in love and deciding the time is right to formalise their relationship. They couldn’t be happier.   

Wedding bells: The New Zealand native's latest sighting comes after reports that he and girlfriend Rita Ora are reportedly set to wed one another after almost simultaneously popping the question  (pictured in March)

Wedding bells: The New Zealand native’s latest sighting comes after reports that he and girlfriend Rita Ora are reportedly set to wed one another after almost simultaneously popping the question  (pictured in March)

‘They didn’t do a whole, “Will you marry me?” thing and an Instagram post.

‘There’s no ring or big build-up. They just got closer and closer and eventually said to each other almost simultaneously, “I want to marry you.”‘ 

The pal added that there are ‘a few details to iron out’ but the nuptials are ‘coming soon’. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Rita and Taika for comment.  

In August, the couple, who began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage, a source told New Idea. 

Romance: It is understood that Rita, who is working on several films and The Voice Australia, and Taika, who is planning a string of movies, hope to tie the knot once their work commitments have wrapped up (pictured in March)

Romance: It is understood that Rita, who is working on several films and The Voice Australia, and Taika, who is planning a string of movies, hope to tie the knot once their work commitments have wrapped up (pictured in March) 

Love: In August, the couple, who began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage

Love: In August, the couple, who began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage

‘Taika calls Rita “wifey” all the time and chats about how he’s going to be her first and last husband,’ the insider said. 

‘Everyone around them downplays it as flirty banter, but [Rita is] definitely hoping he’s for real,’ they continued, adding that she is ‘absolutely obsessed’ with her Thor director beau.

At the time, Rita had reportedly started joking about getting married in a ‘quick, hippy-dippy’ Californian ceremony, and then celebrating with a bigger party at a later date. 

Over: Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley (left) but the pair are believed to have quietly split in 2018 (pictured November 2017)

Over: Taika was previously married to film producer Chelsea Winstanley (left) but the pair are believed to have quietly split in 2018 (pictured November 2017)

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

The pair share two daughters: Te Hinekāhu, ten, and Matewa Kiritapu, six. 

In February, Rita reflected on her relationship with Taika as she shared a gushing Valentine’s Day post.

The songstress thanked the director for ‘being cool’ as she posted a previously unseen throwback of the pair in 2018 – three years before their romance began.

Way back: In February, Rita reflected on her relationship with Taika as she shared a gushing Valentine's Day post (pictured 2018 at their first meeting)

Way back: In February, Rita reflected on her relationship with Taika as she shared a gushing Valentine’s Day post (pictured 2018 at their first meeting)

Before Taika, Rita romanced a string of big names, starting back in her pre-fame years.

Before either of them shot to super stardom Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’ 

‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and starting out at Roc Nation. Bruno was unknown back then too. He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought: “Wow, that’s just the world’s greatest guy!”‘

After Bruno, the singer dated reality star Rob Kardashian for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and their incompatible lifestyles. 

Rita and Calvin Harris

Before Taika, Rita romanced a string of big names including a high-profile romance with Calvin Harris (pictured together in 2013 

Rita’s most major long-term romance was with superstar DJ Calvin Harris, who were first linked in Spring 2013. 

The DJ and Rita had a romantic and professional relationship, collaborating on Rita’s number one smash hit I Will Never Let You Down. But Rita is said to have been left rather red-faced after learning that her relationship was over via Twitter.

The Scottish DJ took to the social networking site to announce the couple’s year-long romance was over, but it was claimed the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker was unaware her beau was going to release the statement.

From 2016 to 2017 Rita enjoyed a year-long romance with fellow musician Andrew Watt, before splitting, with the star revealing her single status during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show. 

She went on  to have a steamy four month fling with actor Andrew Garfield, before the Hollywood star called time on their fling for a ‘more private life’, with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation. 

RITA ORA’S ROMANCE HISTORY

BRUNO MARS 2009 – 2011

Before either of them shot to fame Rita dated Bruno Mars at the age of 18, later saying: ‘It was love at first sight.’ 

‘We met in 2009. I was 18 and starting out at Roc Nation. Bruno was unknown back then too.

‘He was a struggling songwriter hired to write songs for me. I thought: “Wow, that’s just the world’s greatest guy!”‘

ROB KARDASHIAN 2012

The singer dated reality star Rob for two months from October 2012 before ending their brief romance due to her ‘hectic work schedule’ and their incompatible lifestyles.

And she admits to forgetting she even dated the sock designer because the fleeting relationship was ‘very short-lived’.

The end of their brief romance coincided with a series of bitter social medial posts from Rob, who indirectly suggested the singer had cheated on him numerous times during their relationship.

Rita and Calvin Harris

Rita and Calvin Harris 

CALVIN HARRIS 2013 – 2014

Calvin and Rita were linked in Spring 2013 with the pair dating for about a year.

The DJ and Rita had a romantic and professional relationship, collaborating on Rita’s number one smash hit I Will Never Let You Down.

Rita is said to have been left rather red-faced after learning that her relationship was over via Twitter.

The Scottish DJ took to the social networking site to announce the couple’s year-long romance was over, but it was claimed the I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker was unaware her beau was going to release the statement.

RICKY HIL 2014  – 2015

Rita and Tommy Hilfiger’s son, Ricky Hil, confirmed their relationship in August 2014, only to split after 14 months of the on/off romance.

A$AP ROCKY 2015

Rocky had a fling with Rita in 2015. The rapper later sparked controversy when he included explicit lyrics about his rumoured ex in his single Better Things.

ASAP – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – later admitted his comments about Rita were ‘tasteless’.

TRAVIS BARKER 2015

Rita had a month-long fling with Kourtney Kardashian’s now husband in the Autumn of 2015. It’s rumoured that Travis put the breaks on the romance due to not wanting to be in a ‘serious relationship’. 

Rita and Andrew Watt

Rita and Andrew Watt 

ANDREW WATT 2016 – 2017

Rita enjoyed a year-long romance with fellow musician Andrew in 2016, before splitting, with the star revealing her single status during an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show. 

ANDREW GARFIELD 2018

The singer and the Hollywood actor had a steamy four month fling before Andrew called time on their fling for a ‘more private life’, with Rita returning to Watt for a brief reconciliation after the Garfield split.

TAIKA WAITITI 2020 – PRESENT 

The couple began dating in March 2021 after meeting in Australia, ands were said to be moving so fast in their relationship they started discussing marriage within months, a source told New Idea.  

 

 

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