Lewis Capaldi Opens Up About His Girlfriend For the First Time: "She's a Lovely Lady"

Everyone's favorite Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician Lewis Capaldi is opening up about his love life. Capaldi, 26, has been pretty secretive about his romances, but at the Brit Awards in February, he was spotted cozying up to Ellie MacDowall. In an April 2023 interview with BBC Radio 2, Capaldi — who released his "How I'm Feeling Now" documentary earlier this month — opened up about their relationship for the first time.

Per Cosmopolitan, while discussing his new single "Wish You the Best" with host Scott Mills, Capaldi explained the song's meaning, saying, "All you say is, 'good luck, I'm really happy for you,' but actually you are dying inside and want to tell them all the things you miss about them and why they should stay with you, so it's just a really happy song for the summer."

Mills then asked Capaldi if he's in a rush to settle down. "I have a girlfriend and that's going really well," the singer said. "I am a happy chappy, she's a lovely lady. I feel good about everything."

While Capaldi's emotional love songs have become permanent fixtures on the radio and on our Spotify playlists, he's mostly kept his real-life romances a little more mysterious. Many "Love Island" fans are likely to be familiar with his ex-girlfriend Paige Turley, who rose to fame by winning the 2020 winter season and was believed to have inspired his famous ballad "Someone You Loved."

Read on to discover more about Capaldi's relationship history and who he's dating now.


Ellie MacDowall

The singer is said to be in a new relationship with Ellie MacDowall, a 23-year-old singer, dancer, and actor. After Capaldi performed at the Brits in February 2023 — and was introduced as "Sam Capaldi" by host Mo Gilligan — he attended the Universal Music afterparty at 180 The Strand with MacDowall. According to The Sun, the pair were seen cozying up together at the event. A source told the outlet that the star is "in love" and "couldn't be happier," although we are eagerly awaiting a confirmation photo of them together. However, Capaldi confirmed that he's in a relationship in his April 2023 interview with BBC Radio 2.

Catherine Halliday
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Catherine Halliday

Back in 2020, a 23-year-old Capaldi reportedly began casually dating 21-year-old fellow Scot Catherine Halliday. The pair were said to meet up on multiple occasions in his hometown, West Lothian, Scotland, per The Sun, and even shared a meal together at Prezzo despite his stardom status. Although the couple was said to be "very flirty" with each other, their fling didn't appear to last long.


Paige Turley

Capaldi's most publicized relationship was with Scottish singer Paige Turley, who rose to fame in the 2020 winter season of "Love Island." He was reported to have dated Turley during their time at college in 2015, which the Islander confirmed on the reality show. Turley is still in a relationship with her fellow Islander, Finn Tapp, who she won the series with.

Captioning a now-deleted post on Instagram, Capaldi addressed their relationship: "I met a lady. She was very nice. I loved her. I loved the look of her and I loved how she spoke." He continued in the post, "We dated for a year-and-a-half, then she left me. Then I wrote an album about it and I still think about it every day."