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Ellie Goulding advised by Taylor Swift

Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding takes advice from Taylor Swift.

The 'Burn' hitmaker loves being surrounded by ''powerful'' women, including the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' singer and Katy Perry, and though her level of fame isn't as high as theirs, they are able to help her through certain situations.

She said:'' We're friends because they understand the predicaments. They see what is and isn't real.

''I'm not anywhere near their level of fame, but if I say, 'Oh God Taylor, this happened', she'll be like, 'Girl, that's nothing.' Suck it up, kind of thing.

''I have strong female characters all around me, really cool women. My tour manager is a woman, my manager is a woman. I want to be surrounded by powerful women, not men.''

Though Ellie - who is dating McBusted's Dougie Poynter - believes she is a ''strong'' person, she relies on her ''vulnerable'' side in her songwriting.

She told Britain's Glamour magazine: ''There's an innate part of me that's very strong. But there'll always be that part of me that I go to to write songs, that weakness, that vulnerability.

''That's what I access to write my music. In this industry, oh God do you need a thick skin.

''But it's that thinner skin that's got me here. So you have to be sensible enough to know when to be strong and when to be weak. And when you accept that, you can succumb to it.''

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07-07-2011