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Ellie Goulding, Dougie Poynter

Victor Demarchelier for Glamour

Ellie Goulding and her rocker beau Dougie Poynter have an understanding about their relationship...

They're both very busy, and if they don't spend every waking moment together, that's A-OK. There's nothing peculiar about that, but as Ellie tells Glamour magazine's February issue, there's one thing that really is "quite weird" about her dating the McBusted bassist.

"People always say we look like brother and sister," she tells the mag. "Even our family members say it. It's quite weird."

The commonalities don't end there, either! "We dress kind of similar," Ellie tells Glamour. "Dougie's always like, 'We can't both wear this shirt!' But I like it..."

Ellie Goulding, Dougie Poynter

Victor Demarchelier, Glamour

Ellie, 29, has been romantically linked to Dougie, 28, since 2014. British tabloids constantly speculate over their relationship status, yet Ellie insists they're good. Good, that is, but not perfect.

"Relationships have their ups and downs," she tells Glamour. "And sometimes, yeah, I want to be left alone. Dougie is respectful of that."

Ellie Goulding

Victor Demarchelier, Glamour

And as a musician, Dougie can often relate to the struggles of life on the road, but Ellie doesn't want or need him as a shoulder to cry on. "...he understands when I've had a tough rehearsal or tough couple of days traveling. I don't like to rely on him to get me through everything, though," she says. "I'm an independent person—I do like to take care of things myself. It's important to figure out ways of keeping your own Zen."

Jennifer Lawrence, Glamour

Patrick Demarchelier

Somebody's got a good head on her shoulders. To read the rest of Ellie's candid interview, pick up Glamour's February issue when it hits newsstands this Tuesday.