Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Goulding: I just put up a barrier

Some of Ellie Goulding's songs were inspired by her own heartbreak

Ellie Goulding has admitted she has to "put up a barrier" before performing songs inspired by her own heartache.

The singer released her second album, Halcyon, this year and much of the record was inspired by her break-up with BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James.

Ellie said that performing the personal songs of heartbreak each night is easy - as long as she acts her way through them.

"I just put up a barrier before I perform those songs," she said.

"It's just like acting - acting a really tragic, horrific event that happened to someone else. Sometimes that slips and I'll go back to feeling how I did when I wrote the song, feeling vulnerable.

"The feeling is always there, I just have to avoid it so I can perform the songs every night."

Ellie is set to tour the UK and said she particularly loves performing on home turf.

"It's a warmer feeling generally," she said. "The humour is different, and in places like Glasgow and Edinburgh, really rowdy."

:: Ellie Goulding begins her UK tour on December 7.

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