Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has appeared to confirm the speculation that he and singer Ellie Goulding were an item.

The stars had recently been seen holding hands during the MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV reports that in an interview with US radio station Click 98.9, Sheeran was asked about the romance rumours and replied: "Normal people don't hold hands if they're just friends."

He added: "It was going on. And now it's not."

Paying tribute to Goulding, Sheeran said: "She's a really cool girl and she's very talented. She's had a number one single for three weeks in England now. It's all going well."

Sheeran also rubbished speculation that he and singer Taylor Swift could be romantically involved, saying: "If you can find a picture of me and Taylor holding hands, you won't be able to, because it doesn't exist."

"That's just people making assumptions because I was on tour with her," he added.