Kevin Connolly Denies Romance with Julianne Hough

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A few dinner dates aside, Entourage star Kevin Connolly would like put to rest rumors of romance with Julianne Hough.

“I don’t want to bore you, but really, we are just friends,” Connolly told PEOPLE of Hough at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. “We’ve gone out to dinner a few times, we’ve gone to a Halloween party, but I don’t even know her.”

He explains, “You meet , you like them, you go out to dinner… People see you at dinner, they take pictures, and things get misconstrued.” Connolly was seen buying an 18-karat white gold ring with diamonds for Hough recently, and told Howard Stern’s radio show in early November that he was “actively pursuing” Hough. But Hough’s rep said the two “are just friends. They are not dating.”

When asked of Hough’s win on Dancing with the Stars with Helio Castroneves, Connolly says, “She deserves it. … I say good for her.” –Cassady Nordeen and Nicholas White

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