She has spent most of 2016 performing night after night on a world tour – as well as dealing with heartache following her split from Dougie Poynter.
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But Ellie Goulding certainly looked relaxed as she got into holiday mode during her break to Miami. The Your Song hitamaker is currently sunning herself in Florida on a trip with pals.
Ellie, 29, looked sensational while enjoying a beach day on Wednesday, slipping into a fetching striped bikini. The skimpy two-piece made the most of her athletic figure, while the blonde singer boasted a growing natural tan.
She added a pair of shades and trendy sandals to her beach ensemble, before heading into the surf for a splash in the water. Later on, Ellie was spotted back at her hotel pool – and laughed as she chatted with a shirtless male pal.
And while she’s more than happy to show off her figure on the beach, Ellie has made no secret of how hard she works to keep her body in check. The Burn hitmaker recently revealed that she mixes up running with boot camp exercises and even boxing to maintain her shape.
The star explained to Marie Claire: ‘I do have good abs underneath the alcohol belly that I’ve got going on right now! But generally I like to be strong, the way that I keep fit and the types of exercises that I do are intended to make you very strong. ‘I do a lot of boxing, that’s my thing.
And then because it’s so intense you ache like crazy the next day. I run, too, I do sprints, I do treadmill, I run around Regents Park in my Nike Flyknits. I do Barry’s Bootcamp a lot. I do quite a lot of yoga and stretching too – never underestimate the power of stretching.’
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The holiday comes after Ellie revealed that she will be using 2016 as a ‘gap year’ after working non stop since being catapulted to fame in 2007. She added to the magazine: ‘I need to get to know myself again. I need to just not tour for a bit, because it’s a lot of work and it’s a very intense schedule.
I’ll be writing, there’s no way I could ever abandon it all fully because it’s my life, but I definitely won’t be touring next year.’ While Ellie hasn’t looked short of friends during her Miami getaway, the singer’s ex-boyfriend Dougie Poynter has revealed that he spent an entire day hanging out with his former flame at Coachella festival earlier this month.
Speaking to The Sun about his relationship with Ellie following their February split, Dougie explained: ‘We love each other very much, we’re still best of friends,’ he explained. ‘We hung out at Coachella, like all day, with her friends and my friends.
It’s really, really cool.’ Talking about the reason behind the break-up, Dougie, who is pursuing acting roles in Los Angeles, echoed Ellie’s recent comments, explaining that their busy careers and long distance simple got in the way. It’s just both being all over the place.
Like I said, we still get on really well,’ he said. ‘She’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. But just right now, it’s hard. I’m single now.’ In March Ellie told The Sun that the musicians’ hectic schedules meant they decided to call it a day in February, with Ellie revealing she’s planning to take some time away from the spotlight to focus on herself.
People think I’m invincible but these past few weeks have been tough,’ she admitted. ‘Everyone knows that breaking up with someone is a really terrible thing. It’s hard, complicated and it’s never going to be easy.’
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Ellie and Dougie had been dating on and off for two years, and previously split in December before rekindling their romance at the beginning of the year. They originally kept their relationship under wraps for some time before the bassist confirmed the rumours to Fearne Cotton during a fly-on-the-wall documentary with McBusted in May 2014.