Singer Rita Ora has shared her experiences of growing up as an impoverished refugee in London, recalling how she shared one cramped bedroom with her entire family.

The Hot Right Now hitmaker was born in 1990 in Pristina in Yugoslavia, but her family fled to west London as refugees when Ora was just 12 months old.

The pop star lived in one room with her parents and older sister Elena, now aged 24, but admits that despite their hardships, her family was "determined" to carve out a better life for themselves in the U.K.

Ora tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "That word (refugee) carries a lot of prejudice but it also made us determined to survive. When you put anyone into an alien environment, where other people aren't completely comfortable with them being there, they are automatically going to be defensive. It's the rule of the jungle, right?

"(There was) one room for all four of us, my sister Elena annoying me by doing her times tables when I was trying to sleep. Out of the window I could see Brompton Cemetery. Scary."