The model and actress says he invited her just this afternoon and she picked up a dress and hit the red carpet

By Michele Corriston
Updated December 18, 2014 08:40 PM
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Sorry, Amber Rose and Nick Cannon shippers: The newly single stars are simply friends.

Cannon, 34, is hosting the first-ever People Magazine Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, and the model/actress was on hand to support him – as a BFF.

“I think he’s gonna do great,” she told PEOPLE on the red carpet. “That’s my manager, I love him. He’s one of my best friends, so I’m excited to see how he does.”

One perk of being in Cannon’s circle? A last-minute invite to the PMAs, which honor the best in entertainment this year. Luckily, Rose, 31, was able to glam it up just in the nick of time.

“Nick called me like two hours ago and told me, so I stopped at Neiman’s,” she said, laughing. “Literally this is the first dress I picked out, and it worked.”

Rose filed for divorce from rapper Wiz Khalifa in September. Meanwhile, Cannon, 34, is separated from wife Mariah Carey.

Rumors of romance began when Rose signed with Cannon’s management company, NCredible Entertainment, and the two were seen out and about. But back in November, Cannon told PEOPLE he’s not ready to date again.

The bright spot in Rose’s year? Her son Sebastian, who turns 2 in February.

“Just raising my boy,” she said of her highlight. “Just watching him grow, he’s so smart, and he’s amazing. And I’m just happy to be a mom.”

As for Cannon, he told PEOPLE he enjoyed 2014 as “a great year of transition.”

Watch his full interview below: