Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

Ellie Goulding rang in the New Year with a confession about her mental health.

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

For the 34-year-old singer, 2021 was a year filled with major moments: from giving birth to her first child, Arthur Ever Winter Jopling, in April to releasing her first book and performing at a Christmas concert for Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

But in an Instagram post shared before the start of 2022, Goulding confessed to struggling with anxiety amid "the very best" year of her life.

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

"This year has also been the hardest of my life," the musician wrote in a slideshow posted on her page.

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

"I've struggled daily, nightly, hourly with a kind of panic I didn't even know existed.

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

While the moments of being on stage in front of all of you have been some of the most exhilarating and calming, this year I have been struggling."

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

Goulding's message then shifted to her fans, many of whom, she said, have likely experienced anxiety themselves or know someone who has: "For those that are in this right now,

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

we're together and we can get through this - most importantly, by talking. Talking and opening up is the hardest, and the best thing you can do."

Goulding Makes a Sensitive Confession

At the end of her note, Goulding reminded readers that "Life is a precious thing and seeing Arthur grow every day gives me so much hope. ... Let's get through this together. 2022 is going to be a bright year. Positive energy. Together."