Ellie Goulding: 'My gym addiction almost took over my life'

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding has credited husband Caspar Jopling with helping her overcome a gym addiction that nearly took over her life.

The 33-year-old singer admitted in an interview with Britain's The Sun newspaper that her reliance on hitting the gym became so extreme that she was working out every single day. And that, combined with a poor diet, meant Ellie wasn't in a good place mentally and physically.

"I don't consider myself to have an addictive personality but I felt as though I did at one point have a gym addiction that was just not fun, I felt I had to go to the gym every single day," she said. "I don't know whether it was a survival thing, because ­touring was so tiring, so hard, really taxing on your body and your mental health.

"I felt as though it was a ­survival instinct to be working out all the time, making sure I was super fit, super healthy and tried to counteract having drinks on tour and perhaps not eating very well."

But after marrying art dealer Caspar last August, the BRIT Award winner was able to see that she could find a better balance.

"I thought the touring life was real life. I thought that was how my life was, and the idea that I could wake up in the morning and not have anything to do was really bizarre," Ellie said. "Whereas now I have a much healthier diet and I'm quite into biohacking, which is an extreme word of trying to be the healthiest version of yourself you can ­possibly be. So not to be a complete nerd right now but it's a ­genuine interest."

The Burn hitmaker was also inspired by Caspar's approach to fitness, and tried to incorporate his rowing training into her own workouts.

"He has such an amazing routine for that rowing and so I've been quite inspired by his amazing willpower and determination," she added.

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