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Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter are 'really good friends'

Ellie Goulding is still "really good friends" with her ex-boyfriend Dougie Poynter, despite their break-up almost a year ago.

The 30-year-old singer was spotted with the McFly bassist at two separate events last month after calling time on their relationship in March last year, but has insisted they're not rekindling their romance and will "always be friends" with one another.

The 'Love Me Like You Do' singer said: "There's absolutely no ... it's like we've always been friends. He's one of my really good friends. 

"For me, when I've been in relationships with people, those are the people I will always hold dear to me. So if still maintaining a really awesome friendship with an ex is possible, then of course that's the best thing because you've shared so much with that person.

"You've created an amazing connection with someone and life's too short to completely ... unless something terrible has happened. I think it's important to share this life with people you have a genuine bond with and you've shared a lot with."

The 'Burn' hitmaker and the 29-year-old musician - who dated for two years prior to their split - were seen together at the Dame Vivienne Westwood fundraiser and the Burberry LOVE bash for London Fashion Week, something which Ellie says came as the pair are both "very passionate" about the environmental issues raised at the events.

She told MailOnline: "Dougie and I are both very passionate about environmental issues and climate change. We have a lot in common in that respect.

"And Vivienne Westwood is a big advocate for environmental issues, so it was a no brainer that we would go to that together."

Meanwhile, the 'Love Is Easy' musician previously claimed that he and Ellie both still "love each other very much", despite their split.

He said last year: "We love each other very much. We are the best of friends. We hung out at Coachella, like all day, with her friends and my friends. It was really, really cool. Everything is totally fine. It's just both being all over the place. Like I said, we still get on really well. She's one of the most amazing people I've ever met. But just right now, it's hard. I'm single now."

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