The two youngsters were photographed hugging during 4th of July, setting off romance rumors all over the web; with one gossip blog, TMZ, even going as far to claim that “Taylor couldn’t tear herself away” from the 18-year-old model.
Well, Tay Tay wasn’t having it! “Patrick is a friend!” the singer told AccessHollywood backstage at the Teen Choice Awards. “That’s why I don’t read any gossip about me, because I don’t want to be weirded out by who people think I’m dating. I should just warn guys [who talk to me.] ‘This is what you can expect tomorrow on all these different blogs.’”