Even if they go back to 2014, rumors that Ellie Goulding cheated on Ed Sheeran with Niall Horan continue to circulate today. The “Love Me Like You Do” singer, however, denied ever even dating Sheeran in a recent interview, and she also discussed the actual effects the controversy had on her at the time.
“It’s fascinating how many people are interested in that,” she told Daily Mail Sunday (Feb. 19). “It happened nine years ago. You know, completely honestly, it caused me a lot of trauma, actually.”
“I envy the fact that my friends just spent their 20s having flings and one-night stands and what every 20-something goes through in private,” Goulding continued. “But every single thing I did was written about. I was made to feel like a terrible person and I really struggled with that because I know I’m not.”
If you want a crash course in what the general public believed occurred between the three artists, just listen to Sheeran’s “Don’t” from his album X. It’s a biting song about being duped by a lover who makes “money the same way,” and fans assumed it was directed at Goulding because both of them are career musicians.
Another notable lyric: “It’s not like we were both on tour/ We were staying on the same f–king hotel floor/ And I wasn’t looking for a promise or commitment/ But it was never just fun, and I thought you were different.”
Goulding, though, disputes that they ever had a relationship.“I did go on a few dates with Niall, but I was never in a relationship with Ed,” she said in a 2015 interview with Elle UK. “I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing.”
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The information surfaced a few months after Goulding answered with “False statement!” to a comment that had just accused her of cheating on one of her TikTok videos almost ten years prior.
“I can laugh about [the rumor] now but it changed things for me,” she said of the TikTok comment. “I became kind of reclusive. I didn’t want to perform. That’s why I wrote that comment because every day I get comments about this stupid teenage situation. It was nothing and it was private – and it caused me such a huge amount of grief and I resent it.”
But if all goes well, everything is fine. Goulding later wed Caspar Jopling in 2019 and gave birth to a son in 2021, while Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn had two girls between them. “It is in the past and we’re friends,” Goulding said of her relationship with Sheeran now. “We’re adults.”
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