Ellie Goulding has ended her close friendship with Zac Goldsmith to focus on her marriage, the Mail can reveal.
The pair had formed a bond after they both split from their partners – and Lord Goldsmith even began making a sculpture for the singer.
But Ms Goulding, 36, wants to concentrate on her marriage with art dealer Caspar Jopling, 31.
The couple welcomed their first child, Arthur, in 2021.
Goulding giving up friendship for marriage
A close friend of Lord Goldsmith said the Tory peer had a relationship with pop star Ms Goulding.
The source added: ‘It happened independently of matrimonial issues on both sides, and is now categorically over.
‘The relationship had nothing to do with the breakdown of either marriage, but Ellie wants to fix her marriage for the sake of their son and Zac is fully concentrating on his environmental work.’
Ms Goulding’s management had repeatedly denied she and Lord Goldsmith were together, or that they had spoken outside of the work they do together on the environment.
When did Lord Goldsmith forge a friendship with Ellie Goulding?
However, they were said to have developed a good friendship after first meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow.
Seven months later they were spotted enjoying a lunch together at upmarket cafe The Garden in Covent Garden.
In October 2022 spent the evening at the same party at the exclusive 5 Hertford Street private members’ club, which is owned by Lord Goldsmith’s half-brother Robin Birley, and more recently were seen giggling together close to the Tory peer’s new home in west London, which he moved into following his separation from his second wife Alice Rothschild.
Last week Lord Goldsmith, 48, took to social media to share a bronze sculpture he had carved for Ms Goulding, with the post reading: ‘Subjects I love, mostly animal or human love… right now it’s just part of a larger sculpture that will be a tree of life’.