Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Criss Angel is adamant when he says that his relationship with Britney Spears is purely professional.
The Mindfreak stud recently spoke to PEOPLE, insisting that he's merely lending a hand to the Toxic songstress as she tunes up for a possible MTV Video Music Awards performance.
"It's amazing what people think. We're not together. Her manager is my manager, and I'm helping with one of her shows. I'm helping with her appearance on MTV," Angel explained.
Rumors that the 39-year-old magician is romancing the 25-year-old troubled pop tart first began when the duo were spotted in Los Angeles a few days back.
Then on Wednesday night, the two set off a firestorm of speculation after meeting for dinner at Cravings in West Hollywood, followed by a trip into a nearby hotel. A driver is even quoted as talking about making a condom rum!
Denying anything more than a friendly outing, Criss tells, "Yes, I'm here working on some stuff, and we went to that restaurant with 10 people. We were talking about how she wants to do something more with the (awards) show, and about me helping out and hoping to work with her on doing something to make her MTV appearance more innovative. It's amazing how you can't do anything now without people making up stuff."
So it seems that Angel, whose been rumored to have hooked up with Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton in the past, must not have the Trifecta on the mind. Or maybe he's just playing tricks on the People at PEOPLE.
We'll continue to follow this story, in the meantime, enjoy the pictures from a night out, Criss Angel / Britney Spears style (August 15).