Lorde and Jack Antonoff Step Out in New Zealand — But 'Really Are Just Friends,' Says Source
"There's not any type of romantic situation" between the musicians, a source tells PEOPLE
Are they or aren’t they?
Since news broke of Jack Antonoff‘s split from Lena Dunham in January, tabloid whispers have linked the Bleachers frontman to his friend Lorde (aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor). Most recently, the musicians were photographed looking cozy in her native Auckland, New Zealand, where Antonoff’s band opened for Paramore.
But a source tells PEOPLE, “There’s nothing going on between Ella and Jack,” adding: “There’s not any type of romantic situation. They’re just friends — they really are just friends.”
Lorde herself denied rumors on Thursday during a Q&A session with fans on Instagram Live. “Guys… Jack and I are not dating, for the last time,” she said, according to E! News. “I love him, he’s awesome. But we’re not dating! Please!”
However, The Blast reports Lorde is dating the third person in the photos, her friend and colleague Justin Warren. The pair were previously pictured at the beach in 2016 and out in New Zealand last year. In 2016, Warren slammed romance rumors, telling The Herald: “Ella and I have worked together for years and we’re good friends. Any rumors of us being ‘a pair’ are ridiculous,” adding: “Ella has a really busy year ahead of her and we’ll be spending more time together as plans for the next Lorde record unfold.”
When romance rumors first began swirling, Antonoff, 33, took to social media to vehemently refute them.
“Normally i would never address rumors but i resent having the most important friendships and working relationships in my life reduced to dumb hetero normative gossip,” he tweeted Jan. 17. “those relationships are deeply important and sacred. with that said, im not seeing anyone.”
Antonoff and 21-year-old Lorde — who share a famous friend, Taylor Swift — collaborated on her Grammy-nominated breakup album Melodrama, as well as his song “Hate That You Know Me.” The pals have attended several of the same events in recent months, shared an embrace at Clive Davis’s Grammy bash Jan. 27, as well as sang a duet at Antonoff’s Ally Coalition benefit concert the same week.
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Antonoff and Dunham, 31, dated for more than five years before confirming their split to PEOPLE on Jan. 8. In a Vogue essay, Dunham revealed her battle with endometriosis — which led to a recent hysterectomy — put a strain on her relationship with her supportive ex. “My beautiful partner, who has seen me through so much pain with compassion and care, has to be away for work, and I can feel us growing slowly apart, since life is so determined to display its full complexity right now,” she wrote. “I am surly and distant. I offer nothing.”
Lorde’s Melodrama Tour kicks off March 1 in Milwaukee.