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Ellie Goulding Opens Up About Her Panic Attacks

May 19, 2016

'I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car'

Pop star Ellie Goulding recently began her Delirium tour, but this week she made headlines for a different reason: In her interview for FLARE magazine’s summer cover story, Goulding discussed her past struggle with panic attacks.

Goulding said that after dealing with panic attacks in her career, she coped “[b]y having cognitive behavioural therapy. I was skeptical at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house was so debilitating,” she told FLARE. “And this was when my career was really taking off. My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it.”

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Things have gotten better for the English singer: “There were a couple of times after I released Delirium when I was doing promo and thought, ‘Oh god, it’s coming back, it’s coming back,’ but it didn’t. I think my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety.”