Ahead of her second headlining concert in Singapore on Jun 13, British pop sensation Ellie Goulding spoke to the press about her experiences in Singapore and her music, among other things.
"I've had nothing but good memories here," said the 26 year old in response to a question about how she felt about Singapore. "I had a pretty good day — I went to the gym, watched Game of Thrones..." She later commented on the Game of Thrones part, explaining that she had only just finished the first season and pleaded for people not to spoil the show for her.
Want to see Ellie live in concert sometime soon? Don't count on it. After touring non-stop for years, the "Lights" singer has finally decided to take a break to relax and start penning tunes for her next album. Ellie also revealed that lately, she has been thinking of writing songs about science, a subject she loved as a student but never excelled in. "I feel like all I've really done is write about break-ups and relationships and love and I really wanted to not write about that," she said.
On her collaboration with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris for "I Need Your Love", Ellie said, "For a while, I wasn't sure what was going to happen with that song... and then [we completed it and] I loved it! I think we're gonna work together again soon." "I Need Your Love" peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs and was certified Platinum in the United States. It's safe to say that the next collaboration between the two Britons will be nothing short of phenomenal.
Ellie, who does a lot of philanthropic work, also revealed some of her growing concerns in today's society. Living in London, which has the highest number of homeless people in England, she often encounters the destitute. "I can't walk past a homeless person without genuinely getting a lump in my throat and wanting to cry," she said. She also talked about the issue of anti-homeless spikes that have emerged in London and caused quite an uproar of late, which she called "horrendous". Having volunteered at a homeless shelter on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles a few years ago, she plans on doing something similar for the homeless people of London when she gets home after touring.
"I didn't think being a musician would come with having to look a certain way."
Insecurities are not just limited to ordinary folk — Ellie has insecurities of her own and feels that she will never be able to get over them. A change of attitude, however, can make a world of a difference. "I didn't think being a musician would come with having to look a certain way," she admitted when she recalled attending photoshoots earlier in her career. She eventually stopped caring about what people thought, however. "One of the reasons why I loved having long hair was because it covered my face and I found it easier to do photoshoots." Instead of embracing her inner beauty, a line too often uttered, she changed her attitude and outlook on life instead and she has found herself feeling happier since then.
Having enjoyed a successful career thus far, one of the best moments of Ellie's career that she would want to relive was when she performed a cover of Elton John's "Your Song" at the royal wedding back in 2011. "Buckingham Palace is really rad!" she added.
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