Dougie Poynter misses Ellie whilst he is in LA


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Dougie Poynter is back on track with Ellie after a rough patch in their relationship and had something to celebrate recently…five years of sobriety though being away from his missus puts a strain on their romance.

This week marked the poignant anniversary of the McFly bassist giving up alcohol and he took to his Twitter to acknowledge the occasion and his achievement.

Dougie Poynter

His tweet read: ”Remember that time is used to drink? 5 years sober today #mesosober (sic)”

Dougie – who is in a relationship with Ellie Goulding – previously battled depression and alcohol and substance abuse and has previously admitted he attempted suicide in February 2011 before going to rehab clinic The Priory to get help.

Speaking about getting clean, he said: ”I went into rehab after a long time having issues with myself. One thing led to another and all of a sudden I was in there.”

Dougie, 28, shared his story of his alcoholism and suicide attempt in the McFly autobiography ‘Unsaid Things… Our Story’ – first published in 2012 – and admitted it was actually ”therapeutic” to recall the darkest time in his life.

He said: ”It’s always good to reflect on that sort of stuff. I’m in a really, really good place now. It is quite easy to forget. It’s quite therapeutic to go back, quite scary and a bit of an eye opener into how dark it can get if you take your foot off the gas and stop looking after yourself.”

29-year-old singer Ellie has admitted they don’t always get to spend as much time together as they would like.

“He’s out in LA. He’s working really hard, he’s doing all sorts of things,” Ellie said of her boyfriend. “He’s started acting which is amazing and he’s a complete natural so I’m excited to see what comes of that.

“You know we work it out, we figure it out. We’re pretty realistic with things and we’re pretty sensible about it so we just see each other when we can.”

When asked if they will settle down at some point, Ellie said: “I mean yeah, it’s just that sort of time when everything becomes up in the air… but at some point maybe.”

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