When James Franco isn't rebuking romance rumors, he's fueling them!
"JUST KIDDING!!!" Franco clarified.
There have been rumors that the 36-year-old Palo Alto actor and the 29-year-old "Summertime Sadness" singer have been dating since Del Rey split from boyfriend Barrie-James O'Neill in June. Franco, it would seem, is happy to play along and make fun of his alleged romance with the musician.
Del Rey attended a screening Franco's new movie, Child of God, in New York City on July 30. Plus, Franco has shared several pictures of himself with the singer via Instagram, which only adds to the speculation. On July 19, for example, he posted a photo of himself with Del Rey's arms wrapped around his neck during a stroll on the beach. Quoting her lyrics, he wrote, "Down on the West Coast, they got a sayin..."
When Franco was starring on Broadway's Of Mice and Men, Franco shared a backstage picture with Del Rey. "LANA DEL REY and CHICKEN came to the show AND LOVED!" he wrote. "Of Mice and Men, baby!"
At the time, he called Del Rey "my new friend"—but perhaps one day she'll be more.