Ellie Goulding is engaged and made the announcement in the London Times

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There’s still some time to cement that summer love, and singer Elle Goulding is the latest to get engaged. The 31-year-old is engaged to New York-based art dealer Casper Jopling. Casper competed in the Youth Olympics in 2010 as a rower and now works corporate development and strategy for auction house Sotheby’s New York office. The couple have royal connections as well, as Elle performed at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011. Casper is pals with Princess Eugenie and they both were on vacation back in April with Princess Beatrice.

The couple have been together for a year and a half, and their engagement was formally announced in the London Times’ engagement section, listing Ellie’s name as Elena.

Britain’s The Sun quoted a source close to Elena, I mean Ellie. Of course the insider reported that she was “over the moon” and has “never felt so happy.” Do we really need to report that? Who ever got engaged and wasn’t “over the moon”? The inside source also shared that Ellie used her birth name in the announcement because the couple “wanted to tell friends and family first and people won’t notice because her name is Elena.”

I only know Ellie from the song “Love Me Like You Do”, the ONLY good thing to come from the Fifty Shades of Gray movie, but she and Casper look cute together. He’s actually a doll. I’m a sucker for a glasses-wearing Brit. I suppose congratulations are in order, so best wishes to them both.

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  1. laulau says:

    Working for an auction house seems like the ultimate trust-fund gig. Can a “normal” even get a job like that or is it a sort of unpaid internship?
    Congrats to them.

    • ichsi says:

      No, you can’t, at least not if you don’t wanna be stuck in the same lowly paid position your whole life. The hipster movement has loosened it a bit, but the field still mostly consists of terribly awkward history nerds who do the work in the background and people who chose to study art history because SOMEONE has to organise the family collection one day. These are the ones that get the well-paid and prestigious jobs in the art market.

      A friend of mine was really into her so I know some of her songs ( they’re nice in the most neutral sense of the word) but I’m mostly amazed by how blown up her lips have become. Why would you do that?!!

      • Rocio says:

        Oh, God, yes. Her lips have become distracting and were completely unnecessary.

      • minime says:

        that’s the only thing I could see! What did she do to her lips?! She was quite pretty without it… Anyway she seems nice, wish them the best.

    • Rocio says:

      He’s the nephew of Jay Jopling, so that probably explains a lot.

      Plus, he’s rich/old money. He went to Eton, too. The full announcement in The Times was:

      “The engagement is announced between Caspar, son of The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr Arthur Goulding of Herefordshire and Mrs Tracey Sumner of West Midlands.”

      • Bitsy says:

        Whenever I scratch the surface of a British celeb, it seems they all are ariso or royal- adjacent. It’s shocking actually. Are the British still that class obsessed that only the upper classes get to the level of celeb or CEO? Or does everyone add an extra last name and buy a title when they get a bit of money? It’s very interesting to me.

      • Rocio says:

        It pretty much is. There are some scholarships and there used to be grants available, I think, but pretty much now you have to have either family connections or Oxbridge connections if you want to get past “the provinces” in a lot of jobs, especially the type that are deemed Dream Jobs and also in a lot of the arty type jobs although there are some anomalies who do pop up who had none of that help. I’m a Latina working in the UK and it has been interesting seeing it in action as an outsider. Networking like mad is a big thing here, and the posher you can make your network the better.

      • grumpy says:

        I would say the British aren’t obsessed with class but perhaps the upper class want to keep the remaining 99% of the population out of the inner circles. There are plenty of non-aristo celebs, you only have to watch The Only Way is Essex to see some non-posh celebs and I’m pretty sure all The Beatles were from working-class families.

      • Tina says:

        It depends on the industry. There are plenty of non-poshos who are successful in business (Alan Sugar), motor racing (Bernie Ecclestone), the law (many, including Cherie Blair), etc. The arts are particularly bad for class mobility. There used to be working class actors (Michael Caine etc) but it’s now pretty much impossible for anyone without money to go to drama school and so the aristos dominate that too.

    • magnoliarose says:

      Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Phillips and Christie’s are full of wealthy offspring with connections. It goes hand in hand with why some of them get degrees in art history. They can get cush jobs in the art world and they already know enough wealthy people to grab as potential clients. Perhaps they can talk dear old Aunt Agnes to part with some heirlooms or collectibles and they are in their element. Nepotism is almost a requirement.

  2. Rocio says:

    He looks like a much younger, slightly better bone structured Jacob Rees-Mogg. The landed gentry certainly have a look.

  3. Eva says:

    I wonder how all these women who start getting massive lip injections in their 20s are going to look like 40 years from now. We are probably going to see a lot of scary freaky droopy upper lips walking around.

    I hope this trend dies soon.

    • lobstah says:

      How can ANYONE look in the mirror and think that massive fish lips look good? I don’t get it. And, it scares me that it’s becoming soooo mainstream. I live in a small town, and they had a “lip open house” at some doctor’s office the other night. You know, just a casual evening of injections and vanity.

  4. Huh says:

    Me. I’ve been engaged before and not over the moon. In fact I felt trapped. Still went ahead with the wedding too. Shouldn’t have.

  5. TyrantDestroyed says:

    “I only know Ellie from the song “Love Me Like You Do”, the ONLY good thing to come from the Fifty Shades of Gray movie”.
    Sorry but in my opinion the only good thing coming from 50 shades is “Earn it” .
    Every time I have to hear Goulding’s high pitched ballad in the radio I feel like nails scratching a blackboard.
    It would have never ocurred to me that she performed at my wedding if I could had afforded but once again, I don’t share the same taste than Wills and Kate.

    • Crumbs says:

      She is a horrible singer. She is another on in which I have no clue how she ever became popular.

      • AmunetMaat says:

        I bought her album because of “Anything Could happen” which I originally heard when Jess and Nick finally kissed on New Girl. Her best song and best album.

  6. Case says:

    Aww, they’re so cute and British looking.

    • E says:

      You can hardly tell what she originally looked like with her nose job, jaw work and lip injections….

  7. Purrrr says:

    Congratulations to them! I love her! I went to her concert a year or two ago, and she is a very talented singer. I’ve also been told that I look like her so I obviously think that she is gorgeous! I

  8. Your Mom says:

    It’s Caspar, not Casper like the ghost. Lol.

  9. violet says:

    Didn’t Prince Harry date her for awhile? Wouldn’t be surprising – she bears more than a passing resemblance to Chelsy Davy.

  10. Newmoon says:

    I don’t pay full attention, but I think of her mainly as the girl from that Ed Sheeran song. Not a flattering impression.