Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele claim they aren't hooking up off the set of Glee, despite tabloid reports.
When asked about cast romance rumors, Morrison, who plays the glee club's leader Will Schuester, tells Parade magazine: "There's the one about Lea and myself, and we were literally on set and I got a call from my publicist, and she got a call a minute later and we looked at each other like, 'What the f--?' It's so laughable."
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"And now there's this one about my ex-fiancee going to the tabloids, which so isn't true," adds Morrison, 31, referring to an interview his ex Chrishell Stause gave claiming she called off their wedding because of his affair with Michele, who plays snobby Rachel Berry on the Fox hit. "I have a great relationship with her."
Michele, 23, who got her start on Broadway, denied the rumors as well, telling Hollywood.com, "I've known Matt for years. He’s been a friend of mine from New York. People are going to make things up. I think it’s just because we really are so close."
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Morrison tells Parade he feels protective over the young cast.
"I feel like I can handle this stuff because I don't really care. I've never gotten into tabloids and I don't really care about it now, but I just feel bad for other people in my life who are getting dragged into it," he says. "It just kinda sucks."
He calls the May 17 episode, which guest stars Neil Patrick Harris, "awesome."
"Neil Patrick Harris and I have a great duet together. We have two, but one is Aerosmith's 'Dream On' and the other is a Billy Joel song," he says. "I also might be seducing Jane Lynch pretty soon."