We know, we know. What the what?! The new-couple news shocked us, too. We didn't see it coming, but totally dig it.
According to the Sun, the former X Factor judge and Pussycat Dolls singer allegedly became smitten while listening to Eddie's album right after she and her ex Lewis Hamilton called it quits back in February.
"As far as he's concerned they were in the early stages of dating and he's been open about it with close friends and colleagues," a close source revealed to the site.
"It may not develop beyond those dates but they're definitely tight."
"She was drawn to him over the last few months through his music," the source added. "When she split from Lewis, she was heartbroken but ended up playing Ed's songs on a loop."
See, Ed's music DOES heal broken hearts. Oh and who knew he was into older girls? Nicole is 37 years old, while Ed is only 24.
Shining a light on their closeness and hinting to their new relationship is an adorable picture Nicole recently posted of the two of them on Instagram, too.
"Okay okay you win @edsheeran, you're taller," she captioned the pic taken backstage at his gig at Wembley Stadium a few weeks ago. The two were later seen together at a local pub, The Station Hotel, as well.
All of this girlfriend talk comes after rumors swirled a few months ago that Ed was hooking up with his childhood friend, Louise Johnston. He recently got out of a relationship with his ex, Athina Andrelos, too. There were rumors that he ditched her because she was jealous of his friendship with Taylor Swift.
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