Ed Sheeran has confirmed he is single after splitting from his girlfriend Athina Andrelos.
Ed Sheeran has confirmed he has split form Athina Andrelos.
The 24-year-old singer has revealed he and the brunette beauty - who were said to have been planning to move in together this year - have gone their separate ways following recent speculation they had broken up.
When asked he is dating anyone on Australian breakfast radio show 'The Kyle and Jackie O Show' on KIIS 1065, he said: ''I wasn't single, I was in a relationship for a long time.''
When DJ Kyle Sandilands pressed him on the subject and asked if he's single now, the flame-haired star replied: ''Yes.''
Following the confession, Ed - who started dating Athina last year - appeared surprised that he'd been asked the question.
Kyle's co-host Jackie O then said: ''He looks like he's about to start crying - you shouldn't have asked that.''
Ed added: ''Erm ... well that's interesting, that's the first time I've spoken about that.''
Kyle was then very apologetic for asking if he was single, insisting he didn't realise the couple had split - but Ed replied: ''I didn't know you were going to ask.''
The DJ redeemed himself by jokingly encouraging Ed to go out and ''stab'' everyone.
He said: ''I didn't even have it written down, I just wondered. I looked at you and thought, 'He's nice. I wonder if he's with anyone?'
''If I was you, I'd be playing the field - I'd be stabbing everyone.''
A shocked and slightly worried-looking Ed replied: ''Stabbing everyone?''
Kyle said: ''You know, getting around, like, 'How're you going?'''
Ed's split confirmation comes just days after reports emerged that he had agreed to take a break from his relationship with 23-year-old Athina following a row over his antics at a BRIT Awards after-party last month.
A source told heat magazine: ''The final straw was at the after-party. It was a combination of Ed drinking too much and him being unable to deal with a girl that kept bothering them that night.
''The next day, when Athina drove Ed to the airport, they spoke about everything and decided to take a break because it was unfair on both of them.
''It wasn't to do with his fame, it's just how he'd deal with other people - girls - wanting to talk to him on nights out.''
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