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The Bachelorette's resident blonde bombshell, Emily Maynard, usually stays hush-hush when it comes to her private life, but sometimes rumors are so salacious that she has no choice but to break out her West Virginian hood rat and defend her honor!

Emily was recently the target of a Star Magazine (via RadarOnline) story that claimed she has been hooking up with The Bachelor's Sean Lowe ever since seeing him at a Bachelor Mansion event in December. While we loved these two on The Bachelorette Season 8, a post-show love affair hardly seems plausible. Emily is doing her thang in Charlotte, while Sean is happily engaged to his fiancee (whose identity has yet to be revealed)!

So, how did Emily respond to the rumor of her and Sean's steamy hookup? When a fan tweeted that she was "in shock," Emily wrote back "No need to be in shock.. Not true! Believe it or not, sometimes Star Mag isn't the most reliable source :)"

Us = breathing a huge sigh of relief. Sure, Emily and Sean were a cute couple (we'll never forget the time he ran through the streets of Prague frantically calling her name), but both of them have moved on to bigger and better things. Or, in Sean's case, bigger and better six-packs.

Source: RadarOnline / Twitter