However, the “Thinking Out Loud” singer indicated there was more to it, telling a Seattle radio station the following month, “I mean, normal people don’t hold hands if they’re just friends.”
He added, “It was going on. And now it’s not.”
And in 2014, when Sheeran released the song “Don’t,” in which he sings about being cheated on by a fellow singer, many fans speculated the track referred to himself, Goulding and Horan.
In 2015, he told Entertainment Weekly that while a British newspaper had printed that “Don’t” was about Goulding and Horan, he “never actually confirmed it.”
“We got in touch, and they took the story down,” he continued. “But obviously the damage had already been done by that point because every other newspaper picked up on it.”