By Cady Lang
April 11, 2017

Pop princess Katy Perry and early-aughts heartthrob Ryan Phillippe would really, really, really like everyone to know that they’re not dating.

In a now-viral tweet that Phillippe posted on Sunday, the actor wrote in emphatic all caps that he was “NOT DATING KATY PERRY,” in an effort to call off the paparazzi, who he claimed were flying helicopters over his house because of rumors that he was keeping company with the “Chained to the Rhythm” singer.

Perry, for her part, took the rumors in stride, offering a humorous response on Monday night that dismissed any rumors of a romantic entanglement and poked fun at the ridiculous situation.

Which led to some playful Twitter banter between the two…

So while the two are definitely not dating, their witty repartee on the web shows that there could be some potential for a great Twitter friendship.

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.

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