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November 13, 2015 06:20 PM

Being friends with both Taylor Swift and Katy Perry might sound tough, but Ellie Goulding doesn’t sweat the small stuff.

“I read a lot of things and just go, ‘Ha!’ and laugh out loud because it’s rarely true,” says Goulding, 28, when asked how she avoids pop star feuds. “I don’t get involved, but I’m sure something will come up at some point with a nonexistent feud – I never know what to expect. But you just have to laugh at stuff like that.”

For the “On My Mind” singer, whose new album Delirium is out now (buy it here), the key to her drama-free reputation has been keeping parts of her life under wraps.

“I feel like I give a lot of myself as a person. I don’t like going into interviews and being fake. I’m very much myself. I’m very candid and open, which I like to be,” she explains. “But there’s still another side of me that people don’t [know]. There’s still a secret side. It’s good to have a little private thing that no one knows about.”

Ellie Goulding and model Lily Donaldson at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
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Goulding made the comments on Wednesday, one day after performing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will be broadcast Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

“I thought, ‘God, it’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be hectic. I’m going to be stressed. I’m going to be nervous. I’m going to fall over.’ All that stuff,” says Goulding, who stepped in when Rihanna bowed out to focus on her upcoming album. “They made it so good for us and we had so much fun. It was empowering to be up there with these beautiful but also very intelligent, kind, worldly women walking past and giving you that wink of confidence.”

She adds, “I don’t wear stilettos on stage as a rule, but I lost my fear of wearing heels on stage yesterday, so that’s pretty good for me.”

Goulding brought it all back to the music at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, performing hit after hit at her American Express: Unstaged concert directed by Scarlett Johansson.

“It’s an amazing partnership, actually,” Goulding says of their collaboration. “It turns out we get on really well. We’re similar in a lot of ways but we’re in two different industries.”

As for what it’s like working with a movie star, Goulding says, “She’s been so attentive and the amount of work she’s put into it is really incredible. She’s quite passionate about the show and everything has been completely selected by her and her team. Like me, she’s got a really good group around her. You’ll be able to see from the quality of the show and how well-directed it is how much she’s put into it. I had no idea how hands-on she was going to be.”

The show is a warm up for Goulding, who graces the cover of Shape magazine’s December issue as she prepares for her world tour. But don’t think that performing for thousands of people at arenas every night will go to Goulding’s head.

“The people around me – my friends and even my management – everyone has been with me between four or seven years now,” she explains. “Those people would never let me become ungrounded. It just would not happen.”

She adds with a laugh, “If I ever seem like I am at any point, then I’m going straight back on the ground.”

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