Ellie Goulding, Red Magazine

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Ellie Goulding has reportedly been the muse for several of our favorite Ed Sheeran love songs, but the singer has since moved on with someone who she says made her say, "Game over."

The 29-year-old opened up about her on-again, off-again relationship with British musician Dougie Poynter in the March issue of Red Magazine. Although she said she vowed to be single after going through some things over the last few years, he somehow slipped into her life, and it just worked.

Ellie Goulding, Dougie Poynter


"When I met Dougie, he had no game. He was just like, 'You're really cool, let's go out,'" she revealed. "It was me that pursued him, a bit, very unexpectedly. Before him, I was having a single period and hating all men, saying never again, after a series of things that happened to me. I really, really thought I was going to be single for a long while."

However, she explained, "But then I met him and was like, uh-oh, game over. He was just so nice. So, you know, you don't throw something like that away so easily."

Obviously, Goulding's difficult schedule while touring and playing shows all over the world doesn't exactly help in building a relationship. In fact, the "On My Mind" singer says she was so overworked lately that even her health—both mentally and physically—began to suffer quite a bit.

Ellie Goulding

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"I had to pay for me and the band to have IV vitamin drips. Can you believe it? Backstage at Alan Carr and we're all sat there on drips," she told the publication. "The last month has been really testing, on everything, on my sanity. The music industry isn't like other industries—there are no rules about working hours, or taking breaks."

She continued, "A working day will start with a 4am flight and finish at 3am the next day. Sometimes I don't have time to eat in the day…But, even when you've made the money, people still want to do the thing they love. I know in my heart that if I stopped doing this I would probably get depressed. I'd end up very free—but very miserable."

Speaking of loving her job, Goulding has no problem admitting that she loves the glam side of it. But she also wants to remind people that getting dressed up for magazines and red carpet events is not her focus.

Ellie Goulding, Red Magazine

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"I would totally understand if someone saw me on the front of a magazine, looking really glamorous, hair extensions in, lots of make-up, and think that was what I was all about because I love wearing makeup, and I've never denied liking that side of being a pop star," she explained before adding. "I just have to remind people that that is secondary to what I do, which is write music."

Make sure to check out her full interview with Red magazine here and pick up a copy of the March issue on stands Feb. 4.

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