“I did go on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed,” the “Love Me Like You Do” singer tells U.K.’s Elle. “I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it was turned into such a big thing. I find it so frustrating that female musicians are constantly defined by the men they have or haven’t dated. It’s something I’ve talked about with [Taylor Swift] a lot. She definitely feels that. She gets bothered by it. 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. It’s definitely something we both think happens to female artists over male artists.”
The remarks may surprise some, since Sheeran’s hit song “Don’t” is rumored to be about “losing” Goulding to Horan. For a while, it seemed like Sheeran himself confirmed that, but Sheeran later said he was misquoted.
Luckily, all’s well that ends well: Sheeran and Goulding both have great careers, and Goulding is currently dating McFly’s Dougie Poynter, whom she gushes to Elle about.