By Amos Ang and Debbi Tan
27-year-old British pop sensation Ellie Goulding returned to Singapore for her second performance on June 13, which coincidentally was also Friday the 13th. Goulding’s day remained unaffected however, as she cheerfully assured the jam-packed room of reporters. She had started her day by heading to the gym and had even managed to finish watching season one of Game of Thrones before making her appearance at the press conference.
On June 12, fellow good friend and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift also performed her second show here in Singapore. Goulding attended her concert and even posted a picture on her Instagram. However, collaborations should not be expected any time soon as Goulding plans to have a break after touring to get inspiration for her next record.
Ellie Goulding posted this picture of Taylor Swift during her concert in Singapore
If you’ve ever wondered which UK band, One Direction or McFly, will Goulding choose to be stranded on a desert island with, here’s your answer. “Well, I have to say McFly because of my boyfriend. Although he is not in McFly now… he’s in another band,” said Goulding. When someone shouted the name of the band, McBusted, a smile spread across her face as she replied, “Yes!” enthusiastically. So, is Dougie Poynter, who plays bass in the pop-rock band McBusted, “The one” for her? “I don’t know why people find tabloids and gossip so interesting. Which I do, not saying that I don’t,” replied Goulding as she tried to dodge the question before replying, “the relationship is going great, thank you.”
Despite numerous chart topping hits, the song that Goulding likes performing most during concerts is still “Anything Could Happen” as “It’s such a happy song that gets people singing and dancing along to it and it makes me happy seeing that.”
Goulding was a rebellious teenager growing up, with dyed hair and piercings at the tender age of just 13. What advice would she give to her 13-year-old self? “I wish I could have told myself that everything will be alright because I stressed out big time when I was a teenager. I didn’t think that I was going to be a musician; I didn’t think I was going to be able to make a living out of making music. I was very stressed, not knowing where I was going to go.” Having admitted that she was probably more insecure back then, she added, “I’d tell myself that everything is going to be cool.”