Singer Ellie Goulding has opened up about her fledgling years in the music industry, saying producers hitting on her made feel like a “sexual object”.
The star first interacted with music industry producers while still a teenager before making waves with the release of her debut album Lights in 2010.
The now 33-year-old told The Guardian: “The first producer I met wanted to sleep with me. And I was like, why? I didn’t see myself as an object of desire.
“I wouldn’t be able to get home because I couldn’t afford it, and they would say: ‘You can stay.’ But there would always be the suggestion of something. I’d have to laugh it off.
“Other sessions would have alcohol and it would get to a point where the man would say something suggestive and I’d feel uncomfortable. My whole career started off with instantly being made to feel like a sexual object, and being made to feel vulnerable in those sessions.”
The #MeToo movement swept through celebrity culture several years ago after numerous women accused prominent movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in 2017.
And while many stars took strength from the movement to reveal their own experiences, Goulding never did as she felt “too scared” she would be “judged”.
Despite feelings of vulnerability from her early career, Goulding went on to become one of the most recognisable voices in the British pop scene.
However, the singer recently admitted she will struggle to get back to performing once music venues return following the coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast last month, she said: "I can’t even imagine now performing on stage. I think I am going to have to build up the courage.
“There is always a misconception that if you are a performer and you can perform to all those people, that you must be a very confident extrovert person.
“But actually I am the complete opposite. I think also this time has made me even more so."