Dougie Poynter has admitted that he is dating Ellie Goulding.

The McBusted star has been spotted with the 'Burn' singer numerous times over the past few months, sparking rumours of a romance, and he's now admitted that they are a couple.

He said: ''We've been seeing each other since last year. Ellie's a great girl, such a lovely person and a breath of fresh air in this industry.''

The 26-year-old musician - who spent time in rehab after suffering from depression following his break-up from The Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford - refused to comment on the rumours they were dating last week, claiming the pair were ''just friends'', but he's now decided to come clean.

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: ''In the music industry you always bump into the same people, so it's nice when you get to meet other musicians you like and want to spend time with.''

Dougie - whose former band, McFly, joined forces with fellow pop-rockers Busted last year - was recently signed to Storm Model Management under the 'Storm Artists' category which includes other musicians such as Paolo Nutini.

A source said previously: ''Dougie has got great style, and he's really caught the eye of some top scouts. His career looks like it will really take off in the future.''