Congratulations to elliegoulding, who is expecting her first child! Read all about how she's adjusting to pregnancy during the pandemic.
Ellie Goulding is expecting her first child with husband Caspar Jopling. She talks with Vogue about how she’s adjusted to pregnancy during the pandemic.
Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding has been hunkered down in Gloucestershire, just outside of London, during the pandemic. “I grew up in the country,” she says. “Moving here has made me realize how mad the past 10 years [of my life] have been. I realized how much I’ve stored away—awards, furniture, [it’s] been a real rollercoaster, pulling things out of boxes. I even found my old school books. Since I started my career, this is the first place that I’ve been kind of settled.”
She and her husband, art dealerCaspar Jopling, have been nesting and playing it very safe throughout the pandemic. “We have not seen anyone,” she says. “We’ve been pretty good about not bending the rules because we want it to be over quicker. We are kind of in a lockdown [in the U.K.]. It’s definitely been a bizarre year, [especially] because of what’s going on with me right now…”
For starters, Goulding just released an album—Brightest Bluecame out in July of 2020—and she’s about to publish a wellness book (Fitter. Calmer. Stronger., out in September). But that’s not what Goulding is referring to. The big news is the fact that she’s 30 weeks pregnant with her first child. “You’re the first person I’ve spoken to!” she admits. “I haven’t been photographed, so…” headtopics.com
The last time Goulding made a major public appearance was at the V&A Museumin August. “We did the one show. I was pregnant and had no idea,” she says. “That was [around] the time when Caspar and I went away briefly when we were allowed to for our one-year anniversary, and that’s basically when we found out. It was crazy because it was our one-year anniversary. That was not the plan. The thought of getting pregnant didn’t seem like it could be a reality. Becoming pregnant kind of made me feel human. I want a better word than womanly, [but]—I have curves I’ve never had before. I’m enjoying it. My husband’s enjoying it.”
AdvertisementOnce Goulding came to terms with the fact that she was unexpectedly pregnant in a pandemic, the changes felt both fast and slow. “It happens really quickly, and then you almost don’t believe it at first,” she reveals. “You’re still eating the same, looking the same, for a while I was probably in denial. I was in such a good streak of fitness.” Goulding’s book,
Fitter. Calmer. Stronger., focuses on how exercise and movement can make you feel better and improve your quality of life, so fitness had been top of mind for her. But as she got further into her first trimester, all of those things that she’d talked about and encouraged suddenly felt like they were being thrown out the window. “I started having a completely different body and different energy, I couldn’t deal with everything!” she says.
“I actually went from being smug about how healthy my salads were and my breakfasts and eating nuts and seeds, and then all I wanted was McDonalds,” she laughs. “And I was kind of terrified, I suddenly wanted all of the bad things! Whatever this baby did when it took over my body was like, headtopics.com
Hell no—I do not want broccoli, spinach, collards! I just wanted sugar and carbs.”When it comes to the emotional experience of being pregnant during this time, Goulding says it’s led to a lot of self-reflection alongside feelings of added isolation. “You have your partner, and you have your friends, but in a pandemic, it can feel particularly lonely,” Goulding explains. “Because it wasn’t something I had planned for right now, [and] I knew it was a more solitary journey because of what’s going on. I think that made me keep it very secretive and made me very protective over it. The sickness and tiredness was nothing I’d ever experienced before. I feel like it’s a taboo to talk about pregnancy as being challenging. It’s not always serene and like you’re not always glowing. I’m not saying that every second of this pregnancy has been miserable. It’s not always going to be easy. [But,] I have a newfound respect for any woman who has children.”
As for thegender reveal obsessionthat doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon, Goulding isn’t interested in participating. “It’s not a focus for me,” she says. “We found out by default because we had a scan. [But,] it wasn’t a thing. We just wanted a healthy baby and there wasn’t much more to it. Instinctively, the whole gender reveal is not my thing.”
She also seems to understand deeply that every woman has a different pregnancy and birth experience. “Never have I wanted to listen to other women’s stories so much!” she says. “I’m trying to take things much more in the moment now and not worry [too much] about the future because every single day it’s different. It’s nice to think about the nursery and what kind of baby I’ll have, but personally I’ve been able to deal with it by being kind to myself, accepting myself bad or good, and taking it day by day.”
Goulding is embracing the unknown, and accepting that living in the present feels more productive than worrying what exactly the future will be like. “I’m excited to be a mother—but also I want to make sure that I continue to work,” she adds. “I can’t wait to go back on tour. I’ve been in the studio most days, [and] I’m excited for the challenge. It will be a totally new experience.” headtopics.comRead more: Vogue Runway »
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