Pop star Jess Glynne has admitted she has a crippling fear of flying.
The Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself singer is facing a tough battle with her phobia as her career takes off.
As her music takes her overseas, she is increasingly forced to handle more plane “take-offs”, which leave her sobbing and terrified.
She told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine: “Every flight I just end up crying and I feel like the more I’ve flown, the worse it’s got.
“Like the other day, I was flying back from Milan and I was having a fit. The plane dropped.
“One of the guys in my band is the same. We were both on that plane in tears.”
Jess, 26, has had a breakthrough 18 months, with three number one singles, a number one album – I Cry When I Laugh – and a performance at the Brit Awards. She is also lined up for Glastonbury and V Festival.
But she insisted she was a “private person”, adding: “Being in the spotlight makes me quite insecure.”
The singer has previously opened up about her love life, saying she had been with both men and women – but refusing to label her sexuality.
After her Brits performance, reports linked her to backing singer Holly Petrie when they were apparently spotted getting cosy at an after-party.
But Jess insisted she was only dancing and having fun with her band – and rumour-mongers need to lay off.
“That’s the thing I kinda hate…,” she said.
“Because I’m dancing with a girl and I’ve said I was in a relationship with a girl before… any girl I’m seen with now is going to be my new ‘love interest’.
“But really my business is my business.”