Ellie Goulding sets record straight on rumors blaming her for cheating on Ed Sheeran with Niall Horan

Ellie Goulding sets record straight on rumors blaming her for cheating on Ed Sheeran with Niall Horan
Ellie Goulding's 2013 'love triangle' rumor with Ed Sheeran and Niall Horan has not been forgotten by fans (Instagram/@elliegoulding @niallhoran, edsheeran.com)

OXFORD, ENGLAND: After years of silence, with the help of Tik-tok, Ellie Goulding has finally spoken up and shot down any and all rumors suggesting that she cheated on Ed Sheeran with Niall Horan. On December 31, the famous singer, shared a video of herself dancing to the Harry Styles song "As It Was," on which one user commented, "can't believe u cheated on ed with niall but slay fr," referring to Ed Sheeran and Niall Horan, both of whom she sparked romance rumors with in 2013. To which she responded, "False!!!! But also slay."

Goulding and Horan had sparked romance rumors in August 2013. The Mirror had reported that two were spotted piling on the PDA at the V festival in England. A week after that Goulding was spotted holding hands with Ed Sheeran while attending the MTV VMAs. Speculation suggested she was cheating on Sheeran with Horan. She tweeted at the time, "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."

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However, Sheeran's idea of the "friendly gesture" differed from that of Goulding, indicating that there was more to it. He told a Seattle radio station the following month, "I mean, normal people don't hold hands if they're just friends." He added, "It was going on. And now it's not."

In 2015, Ed Sheeran told Entertainment Weekly that a British newspaper had printed an article about him being cheated on by a fellow singer, supposedly referring to Goulding cheating on him with Horan but that he "never actually confirmed it [the story]." "We got in touch, and they took the story down," he continued. "But obviously the damage had already been done by that point because every other newspaper picked up on it."

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Goulding told Elle in an interview in 2015, "I did go on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed. I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing." She also said, "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." Goulding married Caspar Jopling in August 2019.

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