“I wish I’d gotten to spend more time with him,” Goulding says of the late rapper.
Ellie Goulding has returned with her first album in five years, and her most personally revealing full-length to date. Ahead of the release of Brightest Blue on Friday (July 17), the veteran U.K. pop star chatted with Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz about the genesis of the album, and the special collaboration with Juice WRLD that made its track list.
After touring wrapped in support of Goulding’s 2015 album Delirium, “I came home and for the very first time had days off and weeks off,” she says. “It was so alien to me to have that time, that I had to kind of start reflecting on everything and unraveling my life for the past however many years, whether I wanted to or not. I knew it was time to confront everything I had been through, and then I was like, ‘Wow, I’m like a woman now.’”