Ellie Goulding on Relationship Regrets, Performing for Will & Kate

Posted Thursday April 10, 2014 1:58 PM GMT

Taking time away from her tour, Ellie Goulding scored a feature in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

The "Lights" hitmaker looked stunning in Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo for the Kenneth Cappello spread, opening up about everything from dealing with breakups to performing at the royal wedding.

Highlights from Miss Goulding's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Cosmopolitan!

On heartbreak:
"To be in the present moment. A lot of the despair in breaking up with someone is thinking about how you're going to cope in the future. 'What's going to happen to me? Who am I going to find next? What am I going to do without him?' But not being completely present prevents you from being happy and alive. As soon as you stop relying so heavily on what happened in the past, you end up being able to deal."

On her relationship regrets:
"I [used to] put men on a pedestal. They'd be everything. I decided to remedy that, and that's why I'm single now. I've realized I don't need a guy. I've got amazing, awesome, stupid friends in the best way possible. I don't rely on a guy for anything."

On the royal wedding:
"It was the first time I'd done something so completely otherworldly. It's not an everyday occurrence. It really made me have extreme gratitude for what I did, how I'd gotten there, and the people around me."

On her other career aspirations:
"I wanted to be an actress, which is weird because I come from an absolute non-performing-arts family. My mom worked in a supermarket, and my stepdad drove a truck. I've met a lot of American families who are very encouraging and supportive. But my mom was busy thinking about how she was going to afford to pay for everything from rent to school to dinner. Supporting something unrealistic just didn't happen."

Photo Credit: Kenneth Cappello for Cosmopolitan

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