Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding
December 30, 1986 (age 30)
Polydor, Neon Gold, Cherrytree, Interscope
She dated Niall Horan sometime between 2012 and 2014. Niall has described her as his "best friend".
Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding was born December 30, 1986, in Hereford, and raised in Lyonshall, a small village near Kington, Herefordshire, the second of four children (she has a brother and two sisters).
Before the release of her debut album, Goulding won the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, which showcases the music industry's top choices for rising stars. She also won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards, making her the second artist to win both in the same year.
Goulding's debut album Lights was released in March 2010, reaching number one on the UK Albums Chart and number six on the Irish Albums Chart. Its singles "Starry Eyed", "Guns and Horses", and "The Writer" peaked at numbers 4, 26, and 19. As of June 2012, the album had sold over 850,000 copies in the UK and 1.6 million copies worldwide. On September 19, 2011, it was announced that she would open for Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour, replacing Jessie J due to a foot injury.
In 2012, Goulding appeared on "Fall into the Sky" from Zedd's debut album Clarity and on Calvin Harris's song "I Need Your Love" which is included on Halcyonand also Harris's album 18 Months. In late July 2012, it was announced that Goulding's second album is titled Halcyon and it would be released on October 8, 2012. The album was preceded by the lead single "Anything Could Happen" on August 21st.
On July 5, 2013, Digital Spy confirmed the release of Halcyon Days, a repackaged edition of Halcyon, which was released on August 23, 2013. The re-release, featuring ten additional tracks, was preceded by the single "Burn", which had been uploaded to Goulding's SoundCloud page the previous day. On July 7, 2013, the official music video for "Burn" premiered on Goulding's Vevo channel on YouTube. "Burn" became Goulding's first single to top the UK's Official Singles Chart. Goulding appeared on the soundtrack for the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with the track "Mirror".
On February 19, 2014, Goulding won Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2014 Brit Awards. On October 20, 2014, she stated via Facebook that she will appear on the new Calvin Harris album, Motion, with a new song called "Outside". The song was released as the album's fourth single on October 20, 2014.
In early 2015, Goulding released the song "Love Me like You Do" which was featured in the soundtrack to the movie adaptation of the hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The video was released to YouTube on January 22nd, to precede an official release date of February 15th. The single has been a commercial success, spending four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, topping the charts in many other nations including Australia, New Zealand, and Germany, and reaching number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single held the record for the most-streamed track in a single week in the United Kingdom (streamed 2.58 million times), and worldwide (streamed 15.5 million times). On December 7, 2015, "Love Me like You Do" earned Goulding a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. In the nominations for the 2016 Brit Awards announced on January 14, 2016, the song was among the nominees for British Single of the Year, and Best British Video.
On August 5, 2015 at the iHeartRadio Music Summit, Interscope unveiled the title of Goulding's new single, "On My Mind". A preview of the new track was released online via Goulding's Facebook page on September 15, 2015, with a confirmed single release date of September 17, 2015. The following day, another video teaser was uploaded revealing the title and cover art for Goulding's third studio album, Delirium.
On My Mind was a commercial success, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom and Australia, while reaching top 20 in seven countries. In the United States, it reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Relationship with Niall Horan
Goulding confirmed in 2016 that she had been on a few dates with Niall, but did not specify when. "We're still friends," she told Seventeen Magazine. "We went on a few dates, and it was really fun. He's a really, really lovely guy. He's got the biggest sense of humor, he's very caring, and I see him as a genuine friend in the industry."
Niall has posted numerous photos of he and Ellie to his official Instagram account. In 2016, he posted a photo from the crowd at her Coachella set, with the caption "Yesterday I watched my best friend play main stage at Glastonbury. She killed it as always, so happy for her." Goulding responded in the comments section with a love heart emoji.
In 2014, it was wrongly speculated that Ed Sheeran's song "Don't" was about Ellie and Niall having an affair while Ed was dating Ellie. However, both Ed and Ellie denied this, with Ed saying he was misquoted and Ellie clarifying she never dated Sheeran to begin with.
In 2016, Goulding was Niall's final result in a game of "Who Would You Rather?" played on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he was asked to pick which out of a number of female celebrities he would date. Goulding acknowledged the result on her official Twitter the following day. She was also Niall's choice when he was asked "Who would you spend your last night on Earth with?" on The Late Late Show With James Corden.