Ellie Goulding confirms marriage split after she's seen kissing topless surfing instructor

Ellie Goulding took to Instagram today to confirm that she and art dealer husband Caspar Jopling are no longer together. It comes after she was spotted kissing a muscular topless surfing instructor while holidaying in Costa Rica.

She spoke out following speculation about her love life after five years of marriage. “In light of recent stories, I feel I have been left with no choice but to let you all know that Caspar and I privately separated some time ago,” she wrote.

“We remain the closest of friends and have been successfully co-parenting with our son’s best interests at heart. “We are committed to protecting our family privacy and thank people in advance for respecting our wishes – we won’t be commenting further.”

Caspar also decided to share the news on his own Instagram account, after he was pictured looking downcast, without his wedding ring on. He wrote: “Hi people – hope you’re having a good day. I feel (sadly) that I need to say something on mine and Ellie’s current relationship… that I hope more than anything will make any final tabloid speculation disappear.

“Ellie and I made the decision to separate some time ago. Our immediate family and close friends have known for some time – otherwise we chose to do what we could to keep this private.”

He assured followers: “Ellie and I remain the closest of friends and, most importantly, co-parents to the best kiddo in the world, Arthur.

“This is the last I want to say on this and please ask that you respect mine and Ellie’s privacy. Thanks a lot Caspar.”

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Ellie has been making the most of her freedom as she enjoyed time up close and personal with surfing instructor Armando Perez in Costa Rica.

The pair could be seen frolicking together in the ocean in new sensational photos that have been released.

A source told The Sun: “Armando runs a surf school on the beach with his brother and he has been giving Ellie lessons.

“When Armando wasn’t teaching Ellie, he couldn’t keep his hands off her and pulled her in for a hug and a kiss.

“Ellie looked blissfully happy and was laughing and joking with him as they messed around in the sea.”

Last year, it was also reported that Ellie had struck up a platonic friendship with ex-Tory MP Zac Goldsmith after bonding with him over a shared passion for climate issues.

source: express.co.uk