British singer Alexandra Burke has addressed reports linking her to Jeremy Piven, insisting she is just close friends with the Entourage star.

The Bad Boys hitmaker, 24, who shot to fame after winning the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2008, was pictured with 47 year old Piven in London last month (Jan13), sparking speculation of a new showbiz romance.

Reports surfaced suggesting she had even been spotted slipping into his hotel in the city, but Burke has now spoken out to play down the rumour.

She tells British magazine Weekend, "Jeremy's lovely. I've known him for a few months now. We met when I performed at the Samuel L. Jackson ball in London. He's lovely. We hang out a lot when we can. I have no intention of being in a serious relationship because of my focus on my career... I'm in no rush to get married."

Last year (12), Burke split from England soccer player Jermain Defoe.