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    Orlando Bloom Is Not Dating Erica Packer, But He Realizes Their Friendship Might Look "Odd" to Some

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    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's love lives aren't that intertwined.

    In recent months, the amicable exes were linked to friends and former couple Erica Packer and James Packer, respectively, though the actor and the model are denying romance rumors. "I've known Erica since I was 19 back in London," 37-year-old Orlando told Australia's Daily Telegraph. "I've known Erica before she was married to James, when she was married to James and afterwards, and we are all mates."

    Still, he realizes that appearances can be deceiving.

    As Orlando explained, "It probably looks odd, but we are all mates. We have known each other for a long time." Asked point blank if he's been dating Erica, the star of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies laughed and replied, "No. I've known Erica for a long time. We are great mates. She is a great girl."

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    Plus, Bloom plans to visit the Kerrs during his upcoming trip to Australia. "I'm going to see the family and catch up with the rellies and I want to catch up with some of my mates. I just love being there," he said.

    "The Kerrs are family," the unattached actor reiterated. "I've spent so much time there. And with Miranda and Flynn and the family and stuff I've been coming and going for many years. I love it there."

    Miranda, for her part, recently told the U.K.'s Sunday Times Style magazine that she's flying solo. "James and I are friends, but people want to make a story," she said. "The public want to put me with someone. I know the truth, I am single, and the people that are important to me know the truth, and that is all."

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