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Nothing to see here, folks. Tim Burton's 12-year relationship with Helena Bonham Carter has been called into question by the New York Post -- which published grainy photos of the Beetlejuice director, 55, kissing a mysterious blonde woman on the lips. The British paper reports that the surprising photos were taken in late September outside a movie theater in Hempstead.

But a rep for the British actress, 47, scoffed at the story, explaining to Us Weekly in a statement: "This is an absolute nonsense story, the pictures were taken whilst they were out and the large group includes family, friends and work colleagues."

After meeting on the set of Planet of the Apes in 2001, Parker and Burton went on to have two kids together: Billy, 10, and Nell, 5. Something of an unconventional pair, the couple live in two adjoining houses in London. They have never wed.