Awks! A newly single Ellie Goulding is ALREADY hanging with Niall

Just months ago, Dougie Poynter hinted he might be about to propose to Ellie Goulding, but now it seems things have gone to another extreme for the pair.

Ellie and McFly's Dougie are said to be "on a break" after hitting a "rough patch" in their relationship.

The couple, who have been together since early 2014, are reportedly hoping that some time apart and "a little distance" will help them to work things out.

"They are taking a break. Their work commitments have meant they have been spending more and more time away from each other and it has made it difficult to maintain their relationship," a source told The Mirror.

With Ellie currently in the US promoting her new album, and Dougie at home in England, the pair will hopefully get the space they need. However we doubt the McFly singer will be too happy to see last night's photos, which show his former girlfriend hanging out with her ex, Niall Horan.

Ellie was pictured smiling with the Irish star at the Jingle Ball in Austin, Texas, where she was scheduled to perform last night.

It's unknown how long Ellie and Dougie's break has been official, but a quick look through their social media feeds would suggest it's a fairly recent development.

Just two weeks ago, Dougie took to Instagram to praise one of Ellie's tunes, while a few weeks before that he posted a snap of the pair together at a H&M x BALMAIN launch.


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Back in June he could barely hide his happiness when he spoke about his girlfriend, describing her as "beautiful and talented… just incredible."

When asked if he was considering popping the question, his coy response was "I don't want to say too much. It would ruin the surprise."

Let's hope these two can work things out, cos that would be one cool wedding.