ELLIE Goulding and Dougie Poynter are "taking a break" from their relationship.
The couple - who have been together for over 18 months - have agreed to go their separate ways as their busy work schedules have made their relationship more and more difficult to maintain, but they are hoping to resolve their problems and reconcile eventually.
A source said: "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. They've decided to have a temporary break to see if they can work things out.
"They are both very sad that things have hit a rough patch, but are trying to see if a little distance can help them get through it."
Ellie, 28, has been touring the US and Europe promoting her album 'Delirium', while the 28-year-old McFly bassist has been doing modelling work.
The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Globe trotting can really take its toll on any relationship, but it's especially hard when work regularly demands that both sides have to be away."
The claims come just a few weeks after the 'Anything Could Happen' singer admitted she felt ready for marriage and that Dougie had "re-established her trust" in guys.