Ellie Goulding clarifies she’s not quitting music.
Goulding and boyfriend of two years, McFly bassist Dougie Poynter, just split, but Goulding must continue performing throughout the year without a moment to decompress. It’s taking its toll on the “On My Mind” singer, who told The Sun she’ll take next year to get over the heartbreak.
“People think I’m invincible but these past few weeks have been tough,” she said. “When you’re in the public eye, it seems like you’re able to deal with stuff better than anyone else, which is not remotely true. I’m not in a relationship any more and that’s been hard. Having a break will be a good thing for me and my head.” The two reportedly called it quits due to their hectic schedules and his desire to grow his career as an actor in the States.
“He’s doing well in LA and he’s still one of my best friends. I know he feels the same. But I think for me and anybody else going through the same thing, it’s really important to get to know yourself, be happy with your own company and like yourself. The only way I can do that is by spending time with myself. The last couple of weeks have been quite strange and quite different for me because I’ve been by myself so much, but I think it’s healthy to do. Everyone knows that breaking up with someone is a really terrible thing. It’s hard, complicated and it’s never going to be easy. I can’t think of any of my friends or family who have been through a break-up and actually thought, ‘That was all right.'”
Goulding adds she’ll take next year off. “I’m not writing new stuff. I’m not sure when I’ll release a new album. It might not even be next year. I need time off for my own head. My plan is to have a month off in August and do more of my charity stuff and then next year I need to live a bit. Who knows? My situation has changed.”
Her fans went into a frenzy following the interview, but Goulding took to Twitter to put their fears at ease.
I am not quitting music, I've come too far for that! Just having a break. It's been seven years since I had time off…. Love you all
— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) March 10, 2016
She added, “If I wasn’t on tour it would have been a great deal harder. I would be by myself, overthinking and wallowing. I have been trying to take my mind off it by watching things and reading. It’s the only thing I can do.”