The singer, 34, confirmed in an interview with British Vogue she was expecting a child with her husband, art dealer Caspar Jopling.
The couple, who wed at York Minster in August 2019, have spent much of the past year living in Gloucestershire because of the pandemic.
The last time Goulding attended a major public appearance was at the V&A Museum in August for a promotional virtual performance of her fourth album, Brightest Blue.“We did the one show. I was pregnant and had no idea,” she said. “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.”
Silk City, the side project from Mark Ronson and Diplo, have returned with new single ‘New Love’, featuring Ellie Goulding.
Last year saw Ronson work on Miley Cyrus’ seventh album ‘Plastic Hearts’. His last solo full-length, ‘Late Night Feelings’, came out in 2019.
Ellie Goulding, meanwhile, is set to embark on a UK tour this April in support of her new record ‘Brightest Blue’. At the time of writing, the shows remain unaffected by the latest coronavirus restrictions.
‘Close To Me’ marks the singer’s first original music since her contribution to the Bridget Jones’s Baby soundtrack, ‘Still Falling For You’, in 2016. Since then she has also released a collaboration with Kygo called ‘First Time’ and covers of Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night’ and Don McLean’s ‘Vincent
Speaking to Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, Goulding said she wrote the song in LA six months ago. “We always wanted to work together on something but we couldn’t figure out what,” she said of Diplo. “This was the perfect track for him and he was really in love with it. So we got together on it and then we tried to find, basically, the perfect kind of companion with me for it.
Earlier this year, Goulding hit back at then-Grammys CEO Neil Portnow’s comments that women needed to “step up” if they wanted to win more awards. The singer used her acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards to respond to his comments.
She later admitted she had been asked to address Portnow’s much-criticised words. “I didn’t want to say no, because I thought it was something that should have been said by someone,” she explained. “I was like ‘if no one else is going to say it, then I’ll say it.’”