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Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter get matching tattoos

They've been inseparable for over a year now, but Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter made a permanent display of their love for each other on Monday by getting matching tattoos. The loved-up pair have both had a skull and cross bone design inked on their middle finger, which they proudly showed off on Instagram.

"Skullin ell", Dougie captioned the black-and-white image, showing his and Ellie's hands resting side by side. Ellie also shared the photo with her 4.8 million Instagram followers, with many commenting on how "cute" the couple were.

The couple decided to get the tattoos together in Birmingham, where Dougie was on tour with his band McBusted. It appears they may have been joined on their adventure by Dougie's bandmate Tom Fletcher, who also showed off a new '13' tattoo in honour of his son Buzz, who turned one on 13 March.

Ellie is currently recording her third album in London, but has been taking time out from her busy schedule to see her boyfriend as much as possible, and flew out to Australia in February to join the band on tour.

The pair confirmed that they were dating in May and have since made no secret of their affection for each other, often posting sweet photos together to their social media accounts.

"I like this lady lots," Dougie recently told his fans, sharing a selfie of him and Ellie together.

Meanwhile Ellie praised her boyfriend on his sobriety in February, writing: "This amazing man is four years sober today. What a legend @idougahole."

The 28-year-old has even hinted that she and Dougie will tie the knot in the future too. Talking to The Sun on Sunday about the prospect of a wedding, Ellie said: "I mean eventually, like. Eventually, yeah. But not now as we both have lots to do."

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