Singer Ellie Goulding has announced that she and her husband Caspar Jopling are expecting their first child.
The 34-year-old has shared the couple's happy news in a new interview with British Vogue.
While talking about the performance she gave at London's V&A Museum last August, Goulding says: "I was pregnant and had no idea. That was [around] the time when [Caspar and I] went away briefly when we were allowed to for our one-year anniversary, and that's basically when we found out.
"It was crazy because it was our one-year anniversary. That was not the plan. The thought of getting pregnant didn't seem like it could be a reality."
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On the subject of being pregnant during the pandemic, Goulding says: "You have your partner, and you have your friends, but in a pandemic, it can feel particularly lonely. Because it wasn't something I had planned for right now, [and] I knew it was a more solitary journey because of what's going on. I think that made me keep it very secretive and made me very protective over it.
"The sickness and tiredness was nothing I'd ever experienced before. I feel like it's a taboo to talk about pregnancy as being challenging. It's not always serene and, like, you're not always glowing. I'm not saying that every second of this pregnancy has been miserable. It's not always going to be easy. [But,] I have a newfound respect for any woman who has children."
"I'm trying to take things much more in the moment now and not worry [too much] about the future because every single day it's different," she continues. "It's nice to think about the nursery and what kind of baby I'll have, but personally I've been able to deal with it by being kind to myself, accepting myself bad or good, and taking it day by day."
"I'm excited to be a mother - but also I want to make sure that I continue to work," Goulding concludes. "I can't wait to go back on tour. I've been in the studio most days, [and] I'm excited for the challenge. It will be a totally new experience."