Ellie Goulding has responded to a years-old rumour, denying that she ever ‘cheated’ on Ed Sheeran with Niall Horan, instantly sending us back almost a decade.
The 36-year-old singer was thinking to have been in a relationship with fellow pop star Ed, 31, in 2013.
However, she also sparked rumors that she was dating ex-One Direction member Niall, 29, at the same time after some hand-holding pics did the rounds.
Taking to the comments section of a TikTok video she posted on New Year’s Eve, the Love Me Like You Do chart-topper decided to address the gossip head on, setting things straight in a response to a fan comment.
In the video, Ellie can be seen dancing to Harry Styles’ hit song As It Was, dressed in a chic black outfit, underneath which a follower wrote: ‘Can’t believe u cheated on ed with niall but slay fr [sic].’
The mum-of-one then responded: ‘False!!!!’, before adding a tongue-in-cheek ‘But also slay’ to show there were no hard feelings.
The Starry Eyed songstress was spotted holding hands with Ed at the VMAs in August 2013 and at the time jokingly claimed to be in ‘many relationships’ in response to rumors of their romance.
She wrote in a tweet that was later deleted: ‘I love that holding hands with my friends means we’re an item. In that case I am in many relationships.’
‘Lover not a hater. #whatthef**k,’ she added.
However, Ed’s take on things was slightly different as he commented in an interview later that same year that people tend not to hold hands if they are ‘just friends’ and claimed that there had initially been ‘something going on’ between himself and Ellie.
He told US radio show Clock 98.9: ‘I mean, normal people don’t hold hands if they’re just friends. It was going on [with Ellie]. And now it’s not.’
In 2015, it was reported that Ed’s song Don’t was inspired by the supposed love triangle, but he later denied that was ever confirmed, but felt the ‘damage had been done’ by the initial speculation.
‘I never let it slip. What happened was one of the newspapers in England just printed that it was confirmed when it never was. We got in touch, and they took the story down.’
‘But obviously the damage had already been done by that point because every other newspaper picked up on it. So I never actually confirmed it,’ he said to Entertainment Weekly.
Ellie revealed she had a bit of a fling with Niall in a 2015 interview, but denied a romance with Ed.
‘I did go on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed,’ she stated.
The Burn singer added to Elle UK: ‘I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing. 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 [Taylor Swift] a lot. She definitely feels that. She gets bothered by it.’
Ellie tied the knot with art dealer husband Casper Jopling in 2019, welcoming their son Arthur Ever Winter in May 2021.
Meanwhile Ed married childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn also in 2019 and has since become a dad to two daughters with her: Lyra Antarctica, two, and their seven-month-old baby, whose name hasn’t been confirmed, although reports have suggested it’s Jupiter .
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