Ellie Goulding, the chart-topping singer whose hits include Miracle with Calvin Harris, has sparked rumours of a new romance with surf instructor Armando Perez, following her split from husband Caspar Jopling. The pair were recently seen indulging in public displays of affection in Perez’s native Costa Rica, seemingly confirming their emerging relationship.

However, eagle-eyed fans noticed subtle clues about their romance weeks earlier when both Goulding and Perez shared social media posts from the same Central American location. In January, Goulding posted a snapshot of herself in Costa Rica, swiftly followed by a similar picture added by Perez, albeit without Goulding in the frame. Goulding promptly liked Perez’s post, which was captioned with two love hearts, adding fuel to the speculation.

Goulding’s holiday getaway to Costa Rica seems to be more than just a retreat with friends, as she was spotted enjoying intimate moments with Perez on the beach. The duo seemed smitten with each other, with Perez unable to keep his hands off Goulding as they frolicked in the sea.

Perez, a licensed surf instructor who has taught pop mega star, Shakira, runs La Puente Surfhouse on Playa Hermosa beach along with his brother Gero. Their cosy surf retreat offers both accommodations and lessons, making it a perfect setting for Goulding to find solace and perhaps love.

Goulding’s love life has been under scrutiny since her separation from Jopling, with whom she shares a two-year-old son named Arthur. Reports of their estrangement surfaced in June, despite their efforts to maintain a united front for the sake of their son. The couple’s last public appearance together was in October, amidst rumours of Goulding’s friendship with Tory peer Zac Goldsmith causing strain on their marriage.

While Goulding navigates the complexities of love and separation in the public eye, her recent escapades in Costa Rica suggest that she’s embracing the possibility of new beginnings. As she enjoys the tropical sun and rides the waves with Perez, Goulding has shown a willingness to open her heart to love once more.