Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Ellie Goulding opens up about ‘debilitating’ panic attacks

goulding panic.jpg

Society’s discourse surrounding mental health has become increasingly understanding in recent years, with numerous celebrities coming forward and opening up about their experiences, from Lena Dunham to Ruby Rose and Wentworth Miller

Now, British pop star, Ellie Goulding has come forward and spoken frankly about her struggle with anxiety, and opened up about having Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) following severe panic attacks.

Speaking to Flare magazine, the Grammy-winner says that she’s going to be taking a break from the limelight, following an ‘overwhelming’ few years.

The singer, 29, says that initially she wasn’t convinced that CBT was for her, but while promoting her recent album, Delirium, her panic attacks returned and she decided to take action.

goulding

The singer will be taking some time out to take care of her mental health

“I was sceptical at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house was so debilitating. And this was when my career was really taking off," she says.

“My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it.

“There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing promo and thought, Oh god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back, but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety.”



The singer says she will be taking some time out to take care of her mental health and focus on the parts of her life she’s missed out on, while being on the road, saying:

“It’s really a commitment, being on the road; you almost put everything on hold – seeing family, seeing friends. I’ve missed so many weddings and births.

“It will be nice to wake up and know I don’t have anything to do.”

Goulding is currently on tour in America and will be playing in Europe over the summer. 

Images: Eex Features

Related

jktrump.jpg

JK Rowling: Donald Trump has a right to be bigoted

Robin Wright Claire Underwood Frank House of Cards Kevin Spacey Equal Pay Gender Inequality.jpg

How Robin Wright fought for (and won) equal pay on House of Cards

wys.jpg

Elderly couple party 'til dawn at Fabric

new_kate_rt.jpg

Kate Beckinsale talks to Stylist about her next chapter

opener_rt.jpg

Lindy West on why women need to be bigger

iStock_000063336005_Medium.jpg

“Word to your boss – this overtime has to stop”

IMG_5144_rt.jpg

“Did I inherit my mum’s depression?”

rebel1 fitness spinning class london bus commuter 1.jpg

London gym launching spin classes on a BUS for busy commuters

thelma-and-louise-reunion-1.jpg

Susan Sarandon: Thelma and Louise would never have been made today

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Ellen Degeneres’ sweet anniversary message to Pink keeping it real

by Nicola Colyer
17 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Serena Williams on how skin colour affects what people think of her

“I feel like people think I’m mean”

by Amy Swales
17 Aug 2017

This Hocus Pocus star’s pregnancy announcement is pure 90s perfection

“I smell children…”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Anna Faris on knowing when to call time on an unhappy relationship

“Don’t be afraid to seek your independence”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017

Why Taylor Swift’s sexual assault verdict is a victory for womankind

The pop star has completely changed the narrative

by Kayleigh Dray
16 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton defends Donald Trump from sexual assault allegations

“I think [the women] are just trying to get attention and get fame...”

by Moya Crockett
16 Aug 2017

The personality trait that Mindy Kaling hopes to pass on to her baby

Kaling gets real about motherhood as she confirms her pregnancy

by Kayleigh Dray
15 Aug 2017

Paris Hilton describes the emotional fallout of her 2001 sex tape

“I could not leave my house for months”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017

Taylor Swift wins sexual assault case for “anyone who feels silenced”

“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard”

by Amy Swales
15 Aug 2017