"I wasn't making myself happy. I wasn't stable."
Florence Welch

Florence Welch is an instantly recognisable pop star.

The singer completed her rise with debut album 'Ceremonials' with follow up 'Lungs' sealing her place in pop's pantheon.

Taking a break, the flame-haired artist found slowing down to be remarkably difficult. Talking to Radio 1's Zane Lowe about her upcoming third album, Florence Welch said: "'Cermonials' and 'Lungs' all blurred together, we didn't take any time off," she explained. "It was a decision to have a year off."

The singer explained that during that year she had "a bit of a nervous breakdown... It was a bit of a crash landing in a sense... In the year off, I was still going out and going to events but something wasn't quite right, I was spiralling a bit. I wasn't making myself happy. I wasn't stable."

"It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record and because of that it's the most personal record I've ever made."

Working alongside Markus Dravs, the producer seemingly laid down one rule. "You're not allowed to write any more songs about water!" she joked. "But I did get one in there - 'Ship To Wreck' is about water, but it's not so explicit!"

Florence & The Machine's ' 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' will be released on June 1st.

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