You know those couples that are so cute that they actually make you a little sick? Skrillex and Ellie Goulding aren’t one of those couples — because they’re incredibly adorable without being cheesy. The lighter-haired half of the usually private pair, who have been dating since November 2011, opened up about their relationship and why it works.

Goulding, 25, chatted with Time about her 24-year-old EDM love (whose birth name is Sonny Moore). While competing careers are often a kiss of death for many couples, Goulding and Skrillex’s respective art actually brings them closer.

“I think we influence each other — not necessarily in music, but in the way that any couple would influence each other,” Goulding said. ”One of the reasons that we first liked each other is that we’re both very motivated and we work really hard. We just want to make good music and tour and I think, you know, we motivate each other.”

While Goulding and Skrillex don’t actively try influencing one another’s work, they do get sneak peeks at what the other is working on. It’s one of the perks of being a mega successful and talented musical couple! ”I play him my new stuff he plays me his new stuff, and it probably has influenced me subconsciously,” Goulding admitted. (We wonder how he felt about her upcoming breakup album, ‘Halcyon.’) “And maybe my stuff has influenced him subconsciously. I don’t know … But he’s a very talented producer. He’s really good at what he does.”

Another reason their relationship is solid? The pair started as pals before they began dating. ”We were good mates before we became a couple, and we’re both really big fans of each other.”

Say it with us now: Awwwwww.

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