Hailee Steinfeld Responds to Niall Horan Dating Rumors

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Hailee Steinfeld and Niall Horan at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp

Her lips are sealed! Hailee Steinfeld has responded to fan speculation that she’s dating Niall Horan.

“I feel so lucky that [my fans] care enough about me to know what I’m doing every second of every day, but I think that sometimes it’s hard for people in general to realize that there are boundaries to a person’s life and personal life” the Oscar nominee, 21, told Us Weekly exclusively on the red carpet at Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, January 18.

“I am a very private person,” she continued. “I do love that I have the opportunity to share with them what I’m comfortable with and they’re there to listen and support me.”

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Hailee Steinfeld attends Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration at Dolby Theatre on January 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Paramount Network

Steinfeld and the former One Direction singer, 24, have been close friends for years — he even called her “the loveliest person on the planet” on Instagram in December — but dating rumors recently began swirling after they were spotted together at London’s West End production of Hamilton on January 2.

A week later, Horan attended a birthday party for the “Starving” songstress’ older brother, Griffin. The “Seeing Blind” crooner was seen playing guitar while sitting next to Steinfeld on a couch at the celebration in a series of videos shared on Griffin’s Instagram Story on January 13.

Steinfeld previously dated Instagram star Cameron Smoller, while Horan was briefly linked to Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and a Belgian college student named Celine Helene Vandycke. In a June 2017 interview with Notion magazine, the ex-boy bander said he was single and had “no time for Tinder.”

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