"It's incredibly awkward for Ed, because Athina doesn't want Taylor anywhere near them or their social circle," a source told OK! Magazine.
We all know Ed and Tay have been pals for friends, he even supported her on her 2013 Red Tour. But, like the gentleman he is, he doesn't want to upset his love.
"He is respecting her wishes but he digs Taylor, too" the insider continued.
Ed and Taylor have been BFFs for awhile now. They even recorded a duet together.
He just started dating Athina about a year ago. What changed everything was reportedly Tay's touching speech when she won International Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards on February 25.
"Honestly I know I wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for one of my best friends who took me to pubs and taught me how to make a good cup of tea and taught me everything I know about the UK," she told the audience. "I just want to say I love you Ed Sheeran."
This isn't the only troule in paradise news we've heard about Eddie and Athina. The Mirror just reported that they're on the rocks because of his busy schedule.
Do you think Ed should back off from Taylor for his girlfriend? Can a girl and guy really just be friends?