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Ellie Goulding ready for a break

Ellie Goulding ready for a break

Ellie Goulding can't wait to wake up to no plans.

The 'Burn' singer is planning to take a break from recording and performing as she feels her life has been on "hold" while she pursued her career, and she's looking forward to hanging out with her loved ones more.

She said: "I'm still going to be writing, but it's been so overwhelming the past few years that it's time to go away for a little bit and be out of the limelight.

"It's really a commitment, being on the road; you almost put everything on hold -- seeing family, seeing friends. I've missed so many weddings and births.

"It will be nice to wake up and know I don't have anything to do."

The 29-year-old star has been single since splitting from McFly's Dougie Poynter earlier this year, and has also previously been romantically linked with the likes of One Direction hunk Niall Horan and Ed Sheeran.

Ellie is usually happy to speak openly about her personal life as she'd rather not put on a "front" and says the guys she dates are always aware of that.

She told Canada's Flare magazine: "There are private things people wouldn't know because I haven't mentioned them, but I'm pretty open, and that's just how I've always been.

"The guys I've been with know this about me. I have the same vulnerabilities, the same fears, the same insecurities as the next girl, but I'm very open about them. So rather than put up a front, if I'm scared of something, I'll just say it or tweet about it."

Early in her career, Ellie struggled with terrifying panic attacks, but learned to keep them at bay with cognitive behavioural therapy.

The 'Starry Eyed' hitmaker was concerned they were returning around the time she released her most recent album 'Delirium' late last year but thinks her body knows how better to respond to anxiety these days.

She said: "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."