Ellie Goulding’s Viral Glastonbury Photo Isn’t From Glastonbury: Oops

Ellie Goulding

I Know You Care” star Ellie Goulding has once again shown her caring side.

British singer Ellie recently took a local council to task in London after they implemented a policy that Ellie felt unfairly penalized homeless people. This was the second occasion in recent months were Ellie has stuck up for the rights of the homeless. Goulding also struck out at internet trolls who posted mean comments on her social media accounts after she posted a make-up free selfie. Ellie then joined Ariana Grande to slam music industry and media misogynists who she claims define female artists according to who they have dated.

After all of that it should not come as a surprise to find Goulding supporting disability rights. Ellie shared a picture on her Instagram account showing a guy in a wheelchair being held aloft by music fans at a concert. The photograph that Goulding shared went viral and Ellie made it clear that she believed the shot had been taken at last weekends Glastonbury festival.

What an amazing photo from Glastonbury!

A photo posted by elliegoulding (@elliegoulding) on

Ellies photograph attracted over 300,000 likes and nearly 2,000 comments. Sadly for Goulding the photograph may well be an inspirational and heartwarming one, but it was not from Glastonbury. According to Metro the photograph was actually taken two years ago during a Young The Giant performance at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco.

Of course Ellie was far from the only person who mistakenly believed the shot to be from Glastonbury. Twitter user Louise Kirwin shared the photograph calling it the “best Glastonbury photo so far.” According to the BBC another user said the photo had restored their “faith in the human race.”

According to the Independent the photograph features Ryan Chen who was paralyzed from the waist down in 2009 after he suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident. The photograph was taken by Jeff Kravitz and has been circulation on social media without attribution for some time.

Goulding may have been mistaken about the picture being from Glastonbury, but Ellie was right on the money when she said it was amazing, especially after it emerged that the crowd surfing took place during a song called “My Body.” The song which contains the lyrics “my body tells me no but I won’t quit,” has been adopted by Chen as “an anthem to my life and one of the greatest songs ever written.”

Ellie Goulding and many others may have been mistaken about the location the shot was snapped at but that doesn’t make the photograph any less heartwarming and inspirational.

[Image by Jeff Kravitz/Dominik Bindl/Getty]