Ellie Goulding has said her environmental campaigning has hurt her career and believes her activism has jeopardised her career.

The 33-year-old I Need Your Love hitmaker, who is a UN environment ambassador reckons her campaigning has lost her fans over the years.

Speaking on the So Hot Right Now podcast, Goulding said: ''I genuinely thought that the activism would jeopardise my job, and I believe it has.

''Every time I post anything about climate change, I lose at least a thousand followers. People are following me for a very specific reason and it's not the environment."

''People say, 'f*** you posting this. We don't want to hear this. This is not what we're interested in. Stop preaching. Climate change isn't real.'

''I've had to be very careful and it is really difficult at times. And I think that's why there is a lack of artists speaking out about it, because they're just terrified for their job.''

Goulding said she doesn't let trolls affect her anymore because she is "very comfortable in myself".

''I've had trolls for as long as I can remember, people saying not very nice things about me.

''But it genuinely doesn't bother me. And I don't know whether that's because I'm very comfortable in myself.''

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