Ellie Goulding on beau Dougie Poynter: ‘He had no game, he was just so nice’


British singer Ellie Goulding, currently on heavy rotation on pop stations around the world with her hit “On My Mind,” opened up to UK magazine Red for their March issue. Ellie talked fame, success and her relationship with McFly singer Dougie Poynter. Sadly, I didn’t need to rack my brain to remember where I had heard of McFly, they played themselves in the 2006 Lindsay Lohan movie Just My Luck.(but I will admit that I forgot Chris Pine played Lilo’s love interest in the flick – the brain can only hold so much useless knowledge.)

The 29-year-old British singer, who in the past hasn’t minced words abut what she feels is the sexism still firmly present in the music industry, seemingly took aim at Chris Brown in this new interview, stating, “People who write songs and lyrics like ‘These hoes ain’t loyal’, which I detest – I f–king detest it.” She added, “All these songs about how I slept with this girl, didn’t call her, whatever – well that girl might be the most epic girl ever! And then a female artist will get loads of shit for writing a song about a guy.” Here are some additional highlights from the interview:

On working in the male-dominated music industry: “I’m kind to everyone I meet, but the blokes I work with know that I don’t take any s–t, ever. I can fight better than most of the blokes I know – boxing, real fighting – and I do things that are traditionally meant for a guy going into the gym.”

On success: “I think even when you’ve made the money, people still want to be doing the thing they love. I know in my heart that if I stopped doing this I would probably get depressed and it would defeat the object. I’d end up very free – but very miserable.”

On misconceptions of being a pop star: “I would understand if someone saw me on the front of a magazine, looking glamorous, hair extensions in, lots of make-up, and think that was what I was all about. Because I love wearing make-up. And I do like that side of being a pop star. I’ve never denied liking that side of it. I just have to remind people that is secondary to what I do, which is write music. I write it all myself and there have only been a couple of exceptions.”

On Boyfriend Dougie: “When I met Dougie, he had no game. He was just like, ‘You’re really cool, let’s go out.’ It was me that pursued him, 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 thought I was going to be single for a long while. 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.”

[From Red]

Dougie, huh? What adult male person goes by the name Dougie anyway? I actually kind of liked “Love Me Like You Do” (it was a million times better than anything else in the 50 Shades movie and I’m still in the “rainbows and love songs” phase of my current relationship) and Ellie seems like a nice enough person. She does get a little extra credit from me for doing her part to out the double standards that are still prevalent in the music industry, so more power to her.

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Ellie Goulding performing live in concert

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I like the part about Dougie. (Also side eye adults who go by baby names) I think when you’re in a place where you don’t want a relationship particularly, and certainly don’t want one unless it’s going to be great, and you meet someone who makes you put your reservations aside and take the leap, that’s when really good things happen.

    • Wilma says:

      Being ok with being single is most important in my opinion, but also: go for the nice guy! Go for the guy without game!
      My mom always told me I needed someone who could handle me and I always picked out jerks who treated me like crap. A nice guy is so much better! And I’m not walking all over him either, because he’s good to me and I want to be good to him.

  2. Palar says:

    Some bad fashion choices there Ellie!

  3. Sixer says:

    McFly were MASSIVE here. My cousin’s girls swooned over them for years. And they do have a reputation for being decent blokes, if a bit sappy.

    Dougie is the Scottish diminutive for Douglas. Not uncommon at all for it to be used in adulthood, any less than, say, Chris for Christopher. It’s not a baby name like Diddums or anything!

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, they were even moderately popular in my country, which is rare for boy bands ( they were almost a boy band, right?). Much more popular than say, NSYNC.
      I remember watching them on Popworld and they actually got Simon Amstell’s humor. Most other popstars didn’t ( Gwen Stefani was the worst I saw).

      • Sixer says:

        Yes. Of the boyband plus their very own guitars variety. What’s the US equivalent? Jonas Brothers? Nowadays, they’re reality show tarts. But they must still be popular because they win everything they ever go on. I think this one won the eating insects in the jungle thing.

    • HeyThere! says:

      My husbands name is Douglas, many friends and myself call him Dougie. Lol. Nothing about it is a baby name IMO. More nickname if anything. Professionally he goes by Douglas or sometimes Doug.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Dougie is the diminutive for Douglas everywhere. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a babyish name. My brother’s name is Steven and within the family we call him Stevie, but professionally he is known as Steve. My friends call me by the diminutive of my name but I wouldn’t dream of introducing myself that way. There’s a difference between what your friends call you and what you use as an adult professional, imo.

      • Sixer says:

        Honestly: that may well be the case stateside, GNAT, but it just isn’t here. Scots blokes called Douglas go by Dougie more often than not. That’s just how it is. Neither professional nor unprofessional. Just is. English blokes are more often Doug, though, I’ll admit.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I guess I have no room to talk, coming from the country that brought you Scooter Braun.

      • Sixer says:

        HA! I tell you what’s weird (and seems a bit juvenile-come-arriviste) to Britisher ears: all that Junior/Senior/Second/Third thing that you guys do to refer to family members with the same name. It’s just really, really odd to my ears but I do get it that it’s just a convention to you guys.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yeah, luckily my family doesn’t do that, but it’s weird. Plus Tripp, Tres and all the others. I have an Aunt Sister and an Uncle Brother, so I better just shut up now.

      • Sixer says:

        You make me laugh, GNAT!

        Do you guys do that thing where children call close friends of their parents or their adult neighbours “auntie” or “uncle”?

      • Locke Lamora says:

        In my language kids call every adult “auntie” or “uncle”. But then we have million different words for aunts, uncles and cousins depending on gender and which side of the family they are ( I’m totally barging into you conversation, sorry :D).

      • Sixer says:

        Locke – that sounds like Sikh conventions, where there are a gazillion names for family members. If you’re not in the club, you just say auntie-ji and uncle-ji to be polite!

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        I never hear Dougie in the US. Doug though – yes.

    • SJO says:

      When you put a y sound at the end of your name it sounds pretty precious. At least in the states.

  4. Shambles says:

    Couldn’t agree with her more re: “These Hoes Ain’t loyal.” Lyrics like that are rich as hell coming from someone like Chris Brown. Maybe these “hoes” aren’t loyal to you because you treat them like “hoes” instead of people. Or maybe it’s because you’re an abusive dirtbag who constantly gets away with being an abusive dirtbag. Or maybe it’s because you and your contemporaries’ definition of “loyal” is a woman who does whatever you want without question, while you also get to do whatever you want without question.
    Anyway, I like Ellie. She just needs to stop messing with her face.

    • ell says:

      “Maybe these “hoes” aren’t loyal to you because you treat them like “hoes” instead of people.”

      THIS. women are most likely avoiding these sort of men because they’re massive misogynist, so as soon as they find out how they really are, they’re done with them.

      is she really messing with her face though? i’ve been following her since she first came out ages ago, and she always looked that way.

      • Shambles says:

        She’s definitely been plumping the lippies, and I guess it’s kind of thrown her whole face off, for me. Or maybe it’s the fact that her current haircut is doing her zero favors.

  5. Senaber says:

    Yeah I can’t with a grown man calling himself dougie.

  6. Locke Lamora says:

    She is so pretty. And I actually like On My Mind ( that’s totally about Ed Sheeran), even though I prefer Ellie’s old stuff, before she went all electronic.

    I also doubt a guy who looks like Dougie ever needed to have much game. Come on now.

  7. Mimz says:

    I never really liked her until now (her voice annoys me). This interview did it for me. She said some interesting things, and I’m with her on the single-not-looking phase. Been there for the past 5 years but hey we keep going. I decided I am no longer looking, because when I am all sorts of creeps knock on my door and I’m sick of it.
    Let’s hope this changes some day…

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I know you will be fine if it doesn’t change, and that’s the main thing, but I can see your shining light and beauty all the way from here, so I believe some lucky man will see it, too. ❤️

  8. monique says:

    “These hoes aint loyal” is from ed sheerans “dont” about her.

  9. LAK says:

    And I still don’t know who she is.

    Can’t name a song, wouldn’t pick her out of a line up, yet her name is very, VERY familiar to me as someone who is supposed to be famous.

    Mind you, I can just about pick out Rita Ora, but only because she’s on Xfactor

    • Sixer says:

      If you would like to familiarise yourself with UK pop culture, LAK, I have two proto-adolescents I could lend you. Their taste in television is questionable, but very informative.

    • Cricket says:

      I think she sang at W&K wedding, an Elton John song if I remember.. or maybe I’m wrong.. not sure.. oh well.. I do know she dated Swift’s b friend Calvin Harris.. right? lol.. sorry I’m no help.

      • Apsutter says:

        Yes she sang her version of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’. That’s actually how I first heard about her so I listened to Lights and adored it! Been a fan ever since

  10. Josefina says:

    I hate her music but Ellie herself is nice enough. Can’t say I’m bothered by anything in this interview.

  11. ell says:

    “And then a female artist will get loads of shit for writing a song about a guy.”

    reason why i side with taylor swift, even though she bothers me on other levels. most of her detractors’ comments are very misogynist e.g. she’s not even pretty, stop dating, why can’t you keep a man, why do you write songs about your exes. all things men get away with.

  12. CornyBlue says:

    Well ‘Dougie’ is my perfect kind of guy then. I think dudes with mad game are good for a flirt and feel good dates but are absolutely horrid in relationships. I would rather my partner be as weird and awkward as I am .

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Yes, I learned the hard way that those men who make you feel special and adored the first second they meet you often do the same for every other woman they come in contact with.

  13. Hannah says:

    I read in the DM a few weeks ago that they keep breaking up. Also, isn’t he the guy who tried to kill himself when Frankie from The Saturdays broke up with him?

    • Ellie says:

      He’s suffered from anxiety and was an addict (drugs & alcohol) well before Frankie broke up with him, but their break-up led him to rehab, so all in all, good for him since he’s been clean and sober for a few years now.

  14. fakename says:

    She looks good in a turtleneck

  15. Joanie says:

    She wasn’t just taking a shot at Chris Brown…She was also taking a shot at Ed Sheeran, who wrote ‘Don’t’ about her. She then wrote ‘On My Mind’ about him.

    • Naddie says:

      And she was very classy and gentle in that song… If someone ever wrote a song like Don’t about me, I don’t know if I’d be this kind.

  16. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    Okay, what’s up with Ellie’s face? I think some before/after comparisons are needed! Her lips look much larger. Something else looks off though.

  17. shewolf says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! I love when women say things like “I can fight better than my guy friends.” No you can’t. You just can’t. Some women can but they don’t walk around saying things like that because they don’t look like Ellie. Nothing wrong with the woman, she’s lovely… but she isn’t an athlete.

  18. raincoaster says:

    A “series of things happened to her?” Or did she mean to say “When I got caught cheating on Ed Sheeran with that dude from One Direction, and he wrote a song about it”?

  19. DEEVIA says:

    People on here always talk about girls they cannot pick out of a line up (more so abour blondes) but Ellie is the plainest facially I have ever seen!