Ellie Goulding speaks out over her female power speech at the Brit Awards

Singer took aim at Grammys CEO Neil Portnow

Ellie Goulding has spoken out over her recent Brit Awards speech which saw her make one of the few political statements about women at the ceremony.

At the time the singer hit back at Grammys CEO Neil Portnow’s comment that women needed to ”step up” to take charge at an executive level.

She said at the time: ”It’s so amazing to see so many people tonight wearing the rose. We’re very proud to be women, and actually I think we can all agree that we’ve been stepping up for years.”

But Goulding has now admitted that she was actually asked to address Portnow’s comments at the ceremony in February and it wasn’t her idea.

She told Metro.co.uk: ”To be completely honest with you, I was asked to say that. I didn’t want to say no, because I thought it was something that should have been said by someone. I was like ‘if no one else is going to say it, then I’ll say it’. I massively respect the Grammys, I just think there needs to be a little bit more equality. I think I was the voice of a lot of women, to be honest.”

Although it wasn’t her idea, the singer insisted it was a good opportunity to ”remind women of the power” they all have.

She added: ”It’s moments like that at the BRITs that you have to remind women of the power they have in them. It’s been a long time since I started, and it hasn’t been easy.

”But I’m still here, and I’m very grateful for that. And it’s been with the help and support of many, many strong women. I surround myself with women. My dream is still an all-female team. My manager is a strong female, my tour manager is a strong female. I love working with people who see things, in my opinion, from a fresh perspective. And I would say they’re partly responsible for me being here today. Not being alive! Just my job.”

Goulding also recently hit out after her music was used by far right politician Marine Le Pen at a leading convention of conservatives in America.