Ellie Goulding Clarifies Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran Love Triangle Rumors

Ed Sheeran Forgives
The singer forgives the cheating girlfriend that inspired him to write "Don't."
Ed Sheeran Runs Into Ellie Goulding
The alleged exes have an awkward encounter.

And the plot thickens.

As you may have heard, Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” details the end of a relationship after the singer finds out about an unfaithful girlfriend’s fling with one of his best mates. While many have speculated that the song is about Ellie Goulding, who was caught canoodling with Sheeran at the 2013 MTV VMAs, and the red-headed crooner’s BFF Niall Horan, the alleged woman in this whole situation says that’s not the case.

“I did go on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed,” Goulding tells Elle U.K. in the magazine’s July 2015 issue. “I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing.”

The “Burn” songstress adds that she finds it “frustrating” that fans are so concerned about the alleged love triangle. Echoing pal Taylor Swift’s previous sentiments, Goulding points out it’s sexist for people to focus on her past romances — be they real or rumored — when most male singers don’t get asked about their love lives.

“I find it so frustrating that female musicians are constantly defined by the men they have or haven’t dated. It’s something I’ve talked about with [Swift] a lot. She definitely feels that. She gets bothered by it,” Goulding explains. “It’s like, you can be a great artist, you can write great songs, but the thing that everyone is going to talk about is some relationship they think you have had or not had. It’s definitely something we both think happens to female artists over male artists.”


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“When I started out, I couldn’t cope with it. I felt embarrassed by it. I didn’t quite know who I was supposed to be,” she continues about the pressures of fame. “I was never confident in my looks. I hated my chin, my nose, my eyebrows. I was told by people at my record company to watch videos of other girls, like Little Boots, and Elly Jackson from La Roux, and try and look like them. I had panic attacks so bad I couldn’t leave my flat; I couldn’t bear people looking at me. I would worry that I would never be able to sing because I couldn’t even get up. I was also horribly ashamed of myself because I felt like some sort of drama queen and all I wanted to be was strong.”

Despite the struggling earlier on in her career, Goulding, who now has two albums under her belt, has found peace. Regarding the parts of her love life that she does want to share, the 28-year-old says things have never been better with boyfriend Dougie Poynter.

“He’s been through a lot, and he has a quiet depth that I love,” she says of the McFly bassist. “When I was a teenager, I fancied him but I thought he was so out of my league. Way too good-looking for me. Calvin Harris has already offered to play at our wedding. Not that we’ve organized one. But the offer has been made.”