Lindsay Lohan, Philipp Plein

Has Lindsay Lohan already gone from being the face of Philipp Plein to actually sucking face with the designer?

Rumors have been running rampant that the troubled star's latest modeling gig has started to involve more than just striking a pose or two.

Well we have the scoop straight from Lindsay herself!

She exclusively tells E! News: "No, [Philipp] is just a friend and business partner."

You see, just hours after Lindsay was busy getting herself photographed to promote Plein's line, she and her new boss were spotted walking around—hand in hand—while shopping together in Milan today. 

Some reports have gone so far as to suggest that their apparent PDA has even involved some serious smooching.

Of course, when it comes to Lindsay, we have been down this road before. 

While Lohan has pooh-poohed the speculation, her camp is also coming to Plein's defense.

"Those types of things are not taken as seriously as they are here in the states," a source close to Lindsay tells us. "Lindsay has many friends. He's a gentleman. He brought her over there and was showing her around town. They went shopping and were just having a good time."

Well, whatever the case may be, we suppose it could be worse.

(Originally published Sept. 26, 2011, at 1:38 p.m. PT)

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