ESQ&A: Ellie Goulding

5 minutes with Britain's favourite Starry Eyed pop star

After spending most of the past two years touring her 2012 album Halcyon, Ellie Goulding is desperate to get off stage and into the studio to begin working on its follow up.

Before that, she agreed to play Bacardi Triangle, a special Halloween gig on a private Caribbean island (who can blame her?).

It was there that Esquire grabbed a quick chat with the British pop star about her favourite art, biggest heroes and why more men should dress like pirates.

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What songs always cheers you?
This may surprise you, but 'Turn Me On' by Sean Paul. It reminds me of a time last year when I needed a holiday so I went to Antigua with my girlfriends. It reminds me of how terrible myself and my friends are at dancing.

What book do you always go back to?
I was a bit of a weird kid, I’d read books that were way too advanced for my age. Kids books didn’t really interest me. That said, my first ever books were Grimm’s Fairy Tales. They’re messed up. Really weird stuff happens in them, but the moral is always there: ‘do good stuff and good stuff will happen to you’. I still enjoy them now.

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Who is your biggest hero?
I consider Bjork a hero. I’ve never met her so I might feel differently if I did, but she’s such a prolific and respected artist. You can ask any female singer and they’ll say they love her. She’s always done exactly what she’s wanted to do. She’s actually got a really sweet voice, but the way she projects it and uses it is like an instrument. And her lyrics are really messed up but also really sweet. She like a little girl at times and then like a philosopher. Her music makes me feel like I’m not weird.

How should a man dress to impress you?
I like the way my boyfriend dresses – sort of like a pirate. He’s not an actual pirate, though I think he’d like to be. I never have to see what he’s put on and go “hmm, I’m not really sure about that”, which is pretty handy.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’ve been to most places in the world I wanted to see, but I’ve never been to Iceland. I’d like to see the hot springs, and play music there. Maybe I’ll go at Christmas, though it’d be a bit cold, wouldn’t it?


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