Music helps me to combat anxiety, says Ellie Goulding

Pop star Ellie Goulding has revealed that she relies on music to combat anxiety.



Ellie Goulding uses music to combat anxiety
Ellie Goulding uses music to combat anxiety

Ellie Goulding thinks music has helped to keep her "sane".

The 36-year-old pop star embraced music at a young age and Ellie believes that it's helped her to combat anxiety.

Ellie - who released her debut album, 'Lights', in 2010 - told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1: "I remember when I was a kid, I didn't know it was anxiety.

"Again, I assumed everyone was scared and anxious about things. And then the second I started ... I played clarinet for a long time in an orchestra. And then I taught myself guitar and then I started singing. And then the second I learnt to sing and play at the same time, it was just like I'd got locked into a place of safety in my voice and in my songs. And then I had that pretty much all the way through my teens and then my twenties.

"Even, like I said, the act of just singing is so good for you. I don't know. It was always something that kept me sane. And so I just don't think we had an opportunity to process how heavy [it was] not being able to see people and not being able to perform [during lockdown]."

Ellie loves performing in front of a live audience, describing the stage as her "safe place".

The chart-topping star added: "When I say ... I promise you, I don't know what it is. Just when I'm on stage, I can sing ... for hours.

"I can just ... I'm up there. I'm the most confident m********** in the world. But put me in a room with people or last night [at] a party. Yeah. I don't know what to do. It's not my natural habitat."