Ellie Goulding has said she no longer puts men on a pedestal - and she doesn't need one to make her happy.
The 27-year-old Burn singer said she had decided to start living in the present, not in the past.
She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "I (used to) put men on a pedestal. They'd be everything. I decided to remedy that, and that's why I'm single now. I've realised I don't need a guy."
Ellie, who previously dated DJ Skrillex, and who has also been linked to Ed Sheeran and McFly's Dougie Poynter, added: "I've got amazing, awesome, stupid friends in the best way possible. I don't rely on a guy for anything.
The star told the magazine: "A lot of despair in breaking up with someone is thinking about how you're going to cope in the future... But not being completely present prevents you from being happy and alive."
Ellie said of her childhood dream: "I wanted to be an actress, which is weird because I come from an absolute non-performing-arts family.
"My mum worked in a supermarket, and my stepdad drove a truck... my mum was busy thinking about how she was going to afford to pay for everything from rent to school to dinner. Supporting something unrealistic just didn't happen."