Ellie Goulding Wants Girls to Know “Everything Is Going to Be Okay”! Seventeen’s latest cover star knows how hard growing up can be. Check out what Ellie had to say about how tough she knows being a teenager is now, and then find out tons more — about her struggles with body confidence and anxiety, her friendship with Taylor Swift, and her upcoming Delirium tour — in the April issue of Seventeen, on newsstands March 15!
Ever have one of those days where the mean girl in your head just wouldn’t shut up? Our April cover star Ellie Goulding has been there before, which is why it’s so important to her that her music has a positive message.
“I don’t want girls to get to my age and feel like they’re not pretty enough, not thin enough, or they’re not good enough for something or someone,” Ellie told us. “I’m naturally compassionate — that’s something I really like about myself. I always consider other people before myself, and I think that’s what I try to do with my music.”
So, if you ever listen to Ellie songs and feel like she just gets you, know that she totally does.
“I want to write lyrics that girls can relate to,” she says. “I’m a girl; I know how hard it is… If girls are anything like me when I was a teenager, then I want them to know everything is going to be okay.”
Also, check out everything Ellie had to say when she opened up about Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran!
First, she addressed her relationship with Niall.
“We’re still friends,” she shared. “We went on a few dates, and it was really fun. He’s a really, really lovely guy. He’s got the biggest sense of humor, he’s very caring, and I see him as a genuine friend in the industry.”
She also shut down that old rumor that she dated Ed Sheeran… and that even crazier rumor that she wrote “On My Mind” about him. (The lyric that sparked everything: “You wanted my heart, but I just liked your tattoos.”)
“We’ve known each other for a few years,” she said about Ed. “I think he’s a really nice guy and a brilliant musician. We’ve bumped into each other and we’ve hung out and stuff, but the thing is if I hang out with someone, it’s instantly like I’m ‘dating’ them. We were never in a relationship. My song is not about him.”
More recently, she’s been dating McFly bassist Dougie Poynter on and off.