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news - Mon 10 Dec 2012
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Ellie Goulding suffered severe panic attacks

The singer opens up about her "difficult" rise to fame

Ellie Goulding has opened up about suffering from panic attacks when she first became famous.

The Figure 8 star revealed that she began to experience severe anxiety in 2009 when her "music career was taking off".

Speaking to the Mail Online she explained: "I found it difficult to step outside my flat.

"Things started to get better after I saw a therapist, who told me I needed to make peace with my panic attacks. I'd been angry with my body for giving me these attacks and therefore my body had been refusing to co-operate."

Ellie, however, revealed her therapy sessions allowed her to deal with and "comfort" her anxiety. She explains: "If I feel one coming on now, I try to comfort it as I would a screaming baby."

Speaking about her female fans and their penchant for throwing their underwear on stage, the singer also joked that she could have a change of career because of it.

She explained: "Strangely it's women who throw their underwear at me when I'm performing loud. My male fans tend to be quite shy [but] my female fans are live.

"I never know what to do with all the lingerie that lands at my feet. Maybe I should open a shop."

We just hope the underwear isn't used... Anyway, Ellie's new tune Figure 8 (which incidently, is amazing) is released 16 December. Get yourself a copy and throw your underwear her way!

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