Herefordshire singer Ellie Goulding denies swipe at home town as new album is released (From Hereford Times)
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Herefordshire singer Ellie Goulding denies swipe at home town as new album is released
SINGING sensation Ellie Goulding says she was misquoted by a newspaper that reported her dismay at being hassled whenever she returns home to Herefordshire.
Dublin’s Evening Herald said that the 25-year-old, whose second album Halcyon came out on Friday, was annoyed that she could not enjoy the same sort of anonymity as U2 superstar Bono when he visits his hometown.
“When he goes back to Dublin, no one seems to care and they leave him alone,” Ellie was reported to have said of Bono.
“When I go back to Hereford, I get followed around, people try and stop me or take my picture.
"Because there’s been so much local press about me, I can’t relax and stroll around by myself without people coming up to me.”
But thw former Lady Hawkins’ School student, who spoke to the Hereford Times this week, denied comparing herself to Bono while distancing herself from the report.
“In one conversation with the journalist, I mentioned that my Irish friends told me that Bono can easily walk around Dublin because he asked me things I liked about Dublin,” she said.
“In another conversation I said that I got recognised a lot in London, and from that he concluded that headline.”
The Lyonshall artist sold more than a million copies of her debut album Lights, which included chart-topping hit Starry Eyed and a cover of the Elton John track Your Song.
Ellie signed to Polydor Records in 2009 and is now based in London.
Her latest single, Anything Could Happen, went straight in at number five in the UK charts on Sunday.
Ellie said that she is “really proud” of the positive reviews that new album Halcyon has so far received.