Soul star Joss Stone has laughed off rumours she has embarked on a romance with British R+B crooner Lemar. Tongues were set wagging when Lemar, who shot to fame in the UK after appearing on BBC talent show Fame Academy in 2002, was spotted leaving Stone's home in the south west of England at the weekend (11-12MAR06). But both parties insist their relationship is purely platonic despite further reports of flirting and cuddling at last month's (FEB06) Brit Awards. Lemar's spokeswoman is adamant Stone and Lemar are just friends who are collaborating in the studio, saying, "It's all above board." Stone split with her ex-boyfriend BEAU DOZIER six months ago (OCT05).