Reality TV star Paris Hilton has laughed off reports of her supposedly busy love life, insiSting she has been single since splitting with Backstreet Boy Nick Carter last year (04)

The 24-year-old hotel heiress ended her eight month fling with Carter last July (04) and has been linked with a number of potential beaus since, including Australian tennis ace Mark Philippoussis, skateboarder CHAD MUSKA and most recently STING's 18-year-old son JAKE SUMNER.

But she maintains, "I've been in a relationship since I was 16, so this is the first time I've been single and I love it.

"I'm young and I just need to be on my own to focus in my career.

"I'm very happy being single at the moment."

31/01/2005 17:34