Remember how Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran held hands (and, uh, thighs) at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards? And remember how Goulding denied it until she was blue in the face?

Turns out Sheeran's a bit more forthcoming about their romance ... but there's a twist. Uh oh!

In an interview with radio station Click 98.9, Sheeran was asked about the snaps of he and Goulding from the event. He grinned somewhat sheepishly, "Normal people don't hold hands if they're just friends." Translation? They were at least hooking up!

But don't expect a grand romance between the two, because unfortunately, whatever was going on is over. Wah! "It was going on," Sheeran admitted, "And now it's not." Still, he only had sweet things to say about his now-former flame, gushing, "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."

So should we expect Ed to start playing the field like he's rumored to be? Not so much, he confessed. "The whole 'studly womanizer' thing, I mean, I quite enjoy the title," he chuckled. "It's just not very accurate."