It was recently alleged they had taken a ‘temporary break’ due to their incompatible schedules.
But Dougie Poynter has sparked rumours of a romantic reconciliation with his girlfriend of two years, Ellie Goulding, by sharing a touching social media tribute to mark the singer’s 29th birthday.
The McFly heartthrob uploaded a black and white image of Ellie to Instagram on Wednesday, showing her performing on stage, rocking out while playing the guitar.
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Tell-tale tribute? Dougie Poynter has shared a touching social media tribute to his rumoured ex-girlfriend Ellie Goulding, wishing her a happy 29th birthday, seemingly suggesting they were back together again
The caption read: ‘Happy birthday to this very special/rad lady @elliegoulding’.
The musician’s fans were baffled by the post, with many querying whether the couple were back together – or indeed had even broken up at all.
He appeared to be spending the day in the company of Ellie, further fueling speculation about their relationship, which started in December 2013 after meeting at a magazine awards show.
Splitsville: Ellie and Dougie, who had been dating since 2013, were alleged to have called it quits while they attempted to ‘work things out’
Birthday wishes: Ellie’s rumoured former love interest Niall Horan shared this picture on social media, captioning it ‘Happy birthday Ellie!’
Dougie shared a cute snap of himself clad in cosy pyjamas with Ellie’s cat Lennon curled up on his lap, captioning the picture, ‘Ze cat whispererer’.
His followers went into overdrive upon seeing the picture, taking it as a sure sign the cutest couple in pop are still very much an item.
Meanwhile, Ellie’s rumoured former love interest Niall Horan shared a picture of the two of them on social media, captioning it ‘Happy birthday Ellie!’
Cat got your tongue? Dougie, who has yet to comment on rumours of a split, uploaded a picture of himself cuddling Ellie’s pet kitty Lennon
MailOnline has contacted both Dougie and Ellie’s representatives for comment.
Earlier The Daily Mirror reported that Ellie had broken up with the McBusted bassist after hitting ‘a rough patch.’
A source told the newspaper: ‘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.’
On Dougie’s 28th birthday in November, the couple didn’t appear to celebrate together and have been quiet on social media ever since.
However, an insider later claimed the pair were attempting to solve their issues and trying to make it work.
Two peas in a pod: The inseparable duo were often seen in coordinating outfits and seemed blissfully happy c