English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding shot to fame in 2010, at the age of 23. She has been honest in subsequent years about her struggles with anxiety, exacerbated by her sudden fame. But, in a recent podcast interview with Fearne Cotton, she laid bare her battle with something that became an anxiety coping mechanism in the early days of her stardom.
Goulding was a student at the University of Kent when she developed a keen interest in electronic music. She contacted a producer known as Frankmusik on MySpace and together the duo worked on her track “Wish I Stayed”. Her music became known as ‘folktronica’ and she was soon discovered by a scout at a university talent contest.