Burn singer Ellie Goulding has admitted that not having a boyfriend has taught her to "focus" on herself.

The 26-year-old star, who has previously been romantically linked to Ed Sheeran and One Direction's Niall Horan, insists she is currently unattached and very happy with her status.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Goulding said: ''I am so single now - I am single and I am loving it. I can't imagine being in that place now.

"Being alone I've realised a lot of things about myself and who I am. In the last six months I've completely changed - being single has taught me that I have to focus on myself.

"But I have a team of people around me who would slap me down the second I turned into a **** or started acting like a diva."

When asked about her alleged romance with musician, Ed Sheeran, Goulding added: "Let's get this straight - I think Ed is a really wonderful person and I love him as an artist. We were definitely very close at one point. And we're not close now but we certainly are friends now ... We were hanging out and having a nice time but it was put into the spotlight so drastically.

"That amount of scrutiny freaked me out. But I don't regret holding his hand at all because we were really close."