Ellie Goulding says her anxiety has increased since the birth of her son, but that cuddling him helps to alleviate her panic attacks.
Goulding's son Arthur with husband Caspar Jopling was born in April 2021 and she has said she became "much more of an emotional person" after Arthur arrived, experiencing heightened anxiety.
"It’s huge, but the joy they bring and the fact they make you laugh really balances that out," she told the Mirror.
Goulding added: "When I get anxious, giving Arthur cuddles and hanging out with him really makes me feel a lot better."
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The Love Me Like You Do singer has been open about struggling with panic attacks throughout her music career, but said she "reached new heights of panic and fear" after becoming a mother.
She added: "If you haven’t had a panic attack, it’s so hard to describe and explain but it’s just so overwhelming.
"With the current climate and what’s going on in the world, it’s making everything seem a lot more intense.
“It’s some kind of survival mechanism to you and your kid. You want to survive as much as possible for them and you also want them to survive, so you’re kind of fighting for both of you. It’s a lot."
Goulding recently made her return to music after Arthur's birth with the new track Easy Lover, featuring Big Sean.
She has teased that her upcoming fifth album — a "dance thing from outer space" — will have a more electronic sound than her previous work.
Goulding said: "It feels good. I’ve been doing this for such a long time, you have to get to a point where you just put trust in yourself."
The star married her husband Caspar in 2019 at York Minster, with her Royal Family buddies Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice present at the ceremony.
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