Have you met our November cover star yet? It’s only the amazing Ellie Goulding.
In the next issue of GLAMOUR – out 5 October – Ellie talks confidence, serenity and how she’s totally ready to settle down with her boyfriend Dougie Poynter. Do we need to buy a hat, Ellie? It sounds like it…
Ellie Goulding on… Whether she feels ready to marry:
“God, yes! I’m nearly 30. I once had a pretty warped view of marriage because so many people around me had divorced parents. So for a long time I did think that I’d never get married and that men were shit – all that stuff. But when someone comes along and re-establishes that trust, [whispering now in case Dougie, who is ‘kicking about downstairs’, overhears] then it’s nice to think of doing everything the traditional way: having a church wedding, with all my family in one place – I love the idea of that.”
Ellie Goulding on… Playing the Extras game:
“Now that I’m doing such big shows, I feel I owe it to people not to walk out on stage shy or apologetic. By pretending that I’m in Extras and that everything is either not real or a bit of a joke, it makes those kinds of situations easier. ”
Ellie Goulding on… Watching her friends Taylor Swift and Katy Perry walking out super-confident on stage and thinking:
“I should try that. So one day, I did – and it works! Now, my confidence has risen so much on stage that I think a lot of people who once thought of me as ‘that Ellie Goulding from the John Lewis ad’ are almost scared when they see me live – because I’m an entirely different person.
Ellie Goulding on… Her new serenity:
I haven’t changed anything about myself, but I feel more confident now because I’ve realised I’ve got a lot to offer that’s not about how I look. I feel like I’ve got a good sense of humour and I like to think that I’m a smart person – and the truth is that you can’t spend every day worrying about your looks. My best friend is so pretty that she got bullied for it. So I feel like you can never win with yourself and you’ll never be happy unless you make a conscious decision to accept yourself. Life is very precious, so to worry about the way you look is such a waste of time.”
Ellie Goulding on… Contentment making songwriting difficult:
“It’s easier to be inspired when you’re unhappy [she laughs]. Any writer will tell you that. Because even when you’re writing a happy song, you still need the fire of sadness. Which is why most of the artists I know have a destructive streak and sometimes the happiest of situations can be too happy for them. I’ve always used singing and songwriting as a way out – a way to escape. Now I no longer have to do that.”