Ellie Goulding is a 34-year-old English singer-songwriter from Hereford, United Kingdom. Although her hits like “Lights” and “Love Me Like You Do” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack catapulted her to international fame, it was often Goulding’s dating history that made headlines.

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Although she’s been married to art consultant Caspar Jopling since 2019, Goulding has been linked to Skrillex, Calvin Harris, and One Direction’s Niall Horan, to name a few. She was even spotted snogging Prince Harry under a blanket at the Audi Polo Challenge in 2016!

Here’s a quick look back at the most drama-fueled moments in Goulding’s dating history, including her alleged high-profile romance with Prince Harry.


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2013 was a busy year for Goulding as she celebrated her “The Halcyon Days Tour” which ran from 2012 – 2014. During that time, she was linked to both “Bad Habits” singer Ed Sheeran and One Direction’s Niall Horan.

Although Horan admitted that he had a crush on Goulding twice, Goulding was spotted holding hands with Sheeran at the VMAs that year. Although Goulding didn’t confirm or deny and dating rumors, Sheeran went on record saying, “I mean, normal people don’t hold hands if they’re just friends.”

However, in 2014, Sheeran released “Don’t” with the lyrics, “And I never saw him as a threat / Until you disappeared with him to have sex, of course / It’s not like we were both on tour / We were staying on the same f---ing hotel floor.”

Fans were able to piece together the timeline and figure out that Niall, Sheeran, and Goulding might have shared a hotel together. Although Sheeran decided not to name names, he did admit “everyone f---ing knows” who the song was about.


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It appears her fling with Horan fizzled out after she was spotted cuddling up to Prince Harry at the Audi Polo Challenge a few years later. Although neither of them ever confirmed that they were dating, Goulding was asked if she was having Prince Harry’s child – on live television.

During the interview, when she was asked if she was having a baby, Goulding replied, “No, I’m definitely not ready to have a baby, not anytime soon.”

The interviewer followed up with, “Not having a baby with Prince Harry, either, yeah?” which prompted Goulding to call the interviews “naughty, naughty people.”

“Why did I have a feeling that was going to come up?” asked a mortified Goulding.

Although their romance appears to be short-lived, a body language expert analyzing a photo of the couple hugging at the event explained, “Their bodies are tightly connected and they are displaying ‘as one.’ This is the vertical express of horizontal desire in both cases.”


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Around the same time that Goulding was spotting kissing Prince Harry, she was in a relationship with McFly’s Dougie Poynter on and off between 2014 and 2016.

Goulding cited the long-distance and busy touring schedules as a reason for the break. “Dougie is one of the most special people in the world and I’m so happy for him,” she said after the break-up. “He’s doing well in LA and he’s still one of my best friends. I know he feels the same.”

Although Poynter agreed that he was on “totally good terms” with his ex, he admitted that although he did score an invite to Goulding’s star-studded wedding, he chose not to attend because he felt it was “inappropriate.” Ouch!

Interestingly enough, Sheeran was in attendance.

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Goulding herself has admitted that the song “Don’t” highlighted her promiscuous reputation, which she says was brought about by a need for “protection.”

“I think, on top of not having a dad, I needed protection,” Goulding explained. “And so that protection came in the form of men, of partners.”

She continued, “It was out of control; I didn’t feel like I could just come out and say: ‘Well, you don’t take me seriously enough.’ It just spiraled.”

At least she seems to have found her soul mate with husband Caspar Jopling, as the two welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Arthur Ever Winter, in April 2021.