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Ellie Goulding: I won't change

Ellie Goulding has told how she suffered from anxiety and convinced herself she was fat before she was helped by cognitive behavioural therapy.

The singer, who used to have panic attacks, told Cosmopolitan magazine that she was no longer plagued by self-doubt.

She told the mag: "I went through a time of being quite insecure. I'd convinced myself I was fat; I didn't like my figure and I had a big nose.

"Now I've finally got to a place where I don't focus on those things. I feel like I'm not changing for anyone; I'm doing it all for myself. Because there's no one else to do it for."

Speaking about her anxieties, Ellie said: "One day after a shoot I was on a train going to a funeral and my heart was pounding; I thought I was having a heart attack.

"When I got to Cardiff, the next train was cancelled, so I had to get in a cab with strangers to Hereford. I was so scared I reached over to this woman and said, 'I think I'm dying.'

"I called a friend to take me to hospital, where they told me it was just a panic attack. From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life."

Ellie counts Taylor Swift, along with Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne, as one of her closest celebrity friends, adding: " Me and Taylor are similar in that we write about relationships, and we joke about that."

The full interview appears in the January 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan, on sale from December 6.

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