Ellie Goulding was an ''absolute rebel'' when she was younger, getting her ears pierced, wearing all black, smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Ellie Goulding was an ''absolute rebel'' when she was younger.
The 'Anything Could Happen' singer went through an anti-establishment period in her teens, which informed her darker lyrics in more recent years.
She said: ''I guess I was made out to be like a really good role model. Sensible, girly, flowery and blonde - but that wasn't me. I've always been an absolute rebel. When I was in my teen years I had piercings and wore all black.
''I smoked and drank and did what all my mates did around me. I was never a 'sensible one'.
''And my lyrics have always been dark. It's just that [with new album 'Halcyon'], the music is more raw around the edges and varies from song to song.''
The 25-year-old singer - who is dating electronic musician Skrillex - has been a hit in the US, but says she had to toughen up her image.
She added: ''I've changed the way I look a bit but not intentionally. I've cut my hair. I've got a bit of pink in it and lately I've become a bit monochrome, wearing a lot of black and white.
''There's definitely something switched in me in that I don't like to wear bright colours.
''I instinctively dress a bit tougher because I've spent a lot of time in the US and I realised there was a certain image projected of me here.''
Ellie's second album, 'Halcyon' is out now.