Ellie Goulding: Honesty underpins my success
Ellie Goulding thinks honesty is the key to her popularity.
The blonde beauty has emerged as one of the biggest names in the music world over the last few years and she's credited her rise to stardom to her sincere approach to songwriting.
The 'Love Me Like You Do' hitmaker said: "I always knew that if I wanted people to relate to my music, I couldn't lie about who I really was.
"I can't forget listening to Björk singing about her relationships or hearing Eddie Vedder's songs about his dad.
"They went right through my heart because they came from this place of honesty. I'd play their music because I could relate to it; it made me feel better about my life."
Ellie, 28, also revealed how criticism of her recent performance at MTV's European Music Awards bothered her.
She told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "I'm not a conventional pop singer; my music isn't instant. And of course I then looked on Twitter and all I saw was a load of negative stuff and I got completely overwhelmed and was in tears.
"I know I've got to get tougher."