Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Florence Welch Has Changed Her Life

From her jaw-dropping 2009 debut to her soul-shaking, ankle-breaking performance at Coachella 2015, Florence Welch has made music -- and delivered it to the world -- with an unfettered lust for life.

Now, as the Florence + the Machine frontwoman preps to release her band's third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful on May 29, the singer is leading a different life. She's drinking less, seeing more of Taylor Swift, and making longtime dreams come true.

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From Billboard's upcoming Florence Welch cover story (out Friday, May 15), here are five ways the charismatic British singer has changed her life.

1. There's Less Booze...
“I used to drink before every performance,” Welch tells Billboard. "I’m quite shy, really -- that’s probably why I used to drink a lot. But I don’t anymore." But wait, what about that crowd-dive at Coachella that gave her a broken ankle? "I wasn’t even drunk," she says.

2. ...And More Taylor
Welch is known for her famous fans and Taylor Swift is not only among them, the two have become close friends. "What sets Florence apart? Everything,” Swift tells Billboard. “Every time I’ve been around her, she is the most magnetic person in the room -- surrounded by people who are fascinated by the idea of being near her. But when she meets people, she pays them a warm compliment and immediately disarms them. There are very few people I’ve met in my life who are truly electric, and Florence is one of them.”

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3. She's Surprising Even Herself
"I remember being 20 at the Glastonbury festival," Welch says. "I remember looking at the Pyramid Stage and thinking, ‘I wish I could perform there just one time.'" This June, Florence + the Machine will play that exact festival stage. "It’s hard to imagine that you think about something you’d like to have happen in your life and it happens," she admits. "For a pessimistic British person that’s very hard to deal with."

4. She's Moving On
Possibly referring to her on-and-off relationship with British event producer James Nesbitt, Welch admitted the band's third album "could've been a breakup record" -- but she didn't want that. "It was much more about trying to understand myself," she says.

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5. She's Bringing a Different Florence to the Stage
One upside of her injured foot? Welch says she now brings the same mindset to the stage that she brought to the writing room when penning her fierce recent single "What Kind of Man." "I don’t know why the foot break happened, but it forced me in a way to slow down and have the same person who wrote this record to show up and sing those songs.” 

Read Billboard's full Florence + the Machine cover story when it's out Friday, May 15. 


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