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We knew that the gossip rags can get a little, well, creative with their stories from time to time, but this one takes things to a new level. Just weeks after word got out about Ariana Grande’s split from The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes, she’s found herself linked to Entourage star Adrian Grenier. And here’s the funny part: She’s never even heard of the guy!

Star Magazine reported last week that the 20-year-old songstress was spotted getting cuddly with Adrian, 37, at a Republic Records holiday party in NYC. News of a new Ariana relationship gave fans and gossip sites whiplash, and had everyone buzzing about this unlikely pair and their 17-year age gap.

One such gossip site tweeted their shock about the possible coupling, asking “Ariana Grande Adrian Grenier DATING?”

Wasting no time, Ariana responded, hilariously, with “Who the hell is that?” Ha! Looks like you’ve found yourself with a boyfriend and you didn’t even know about it. In fairness, Adrian’s major claim to fame is a HBO show that premiered in 2004 — when the “Right There” singer was only 11!

Once the actor’s identity was explained, Ariana followed up with that trademark sweetness: “Lmao I'm sure he's lovely.” Nicely done, missy.

We’re not sure if this rising star has started dating again, just yet, but we’re guessing that once she does, she’ll pick someone a little more age-appropriate.

What do you think of Ariana’s response to the rumors? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Samantha Lear is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!