Credit: John Sciulli/WireImage Photo: Derek Hough at the "Bing It On" Challenge Kick-Off at The Grove, September 15, 2012

There’s been a lot of speculation floating around that Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough has been getting cozy with DWTS Season 14 contestant Katherine Jenkins, but now the studly dancer has put all the rumors to rest.

“We’re friends. We’re not dating, but, like, we’re very close,” Derek told reporters at the “Bing It On” Challenge kick-off event in Los Angeles. “I actually spoke to her today. She’s in Malta.”

So there you have it!

Stay tuned for more on our interview with Derek and his Season 14 partner Maria Menounos.

Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars will premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check out the full All-Stars cast list here.

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