Victoria's Secret Angel Barbara Palvin: I Did Not Hook Up With Justin Bieber (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)
Some two months after making headlines with Justin Bieber, thanks to a backstage photo taken around the same time the singer first called it quits with Selena Gomez, the Victoria's Secret model is speaking out for the first time about those romance rumors.
Palvin, 19, tells Celebuzz exclusively that she and the Canadian pop star were never romantically involved, despite reports to the contrary.
“I’m okay to talk about it because I know there’s nothing. It’s ridiculous how this got to the news."
Palvin, who spent part of her weekend at the InStyle Beauty Lounge in Beverly Hills, Calif., representing L'Oreal, says she was just "hanging out" with Bieber, 18, during the fashion show last fall.
"That was it . . . that's why it was so weird. They thought I caused a big drama, their break-up."
"They," -- devoted "Jelena" fans -- erupted in response to the Twitter photo, causing Palvin to clear the air.
"hey everyone. please calm down. he is all yours!!" she wrote.
Gomez, 20, also took to Twitter at the time, posting a photo of her beau, a friend and Palvin together with just an ellipses: “…”run-in with Bieber was an innocent fan moment.
“I wanted to meet him real bad,” she said. “I watched his movie [Justin Bieber: Never Say Never] and I was like, 'He’s such a cool kid, I want to meet him.’ And then when I did at the [Victoria’s Secret] show we met and of course we had a conversation and then I took the picture with him.”
Just days later the two fueled the romance fire when they were spotted catching The Lion King on Broadway. According to Palvin, it was anything but a date.
“It was my sister’s first time in New York and we so wanted to go to Broadway, but there were no more tickets,” she explained. “I just came up and was telling him, 'My sister is here, but she’s sad because we can’t go to Broadway, no more tickets.’ And he was like, ‘Well, I can get you one.’ And his friends came . . . like six people and then me, my sister and agent. So friends."
“So we were just like okay, nice to meet you, that was fun, and then bye," she said.
But the headlines didn't stop there.
One month later, Palvin made the news again, after tweeting a photo of herself in front of a tour bus in Florida -- reportedly belonging to the Biebs. But the model says that was not only not his tour bus -- they never met up in the Sunshine State.
“We didn’t hang out, that’s the funny part,” she said, laughing.
“And you see the mobile homes in the back [of my Twitter photo] -- when you’re shooting on location you have mobile homes to do the hair and makeup and dress. And they put everything together like that’s Bieber’s tour bus, that’s Bieber’s shirt. I was like, ‘No!’”
Palvin admits the speculation made her angry because she already has a boyfriend in her hometown.
“They [the media] gave me a real hard time with this with my boyfriend. They also put him in the press and he’s not a celebrity or anything,” she said. “Him being back home [in Hungary] with a normal life and everybody is like, 'You’re girlfriend is dating Justin.’ It’s very hard for him.
“It made me pissed, but there’s always a dark side of this business.”
“We don’t stay in touch. I more talk with his manager Scooter. His father is Hungarian so there is this Hungarian connection and I talk with him.”
Palvin even reached out when news broke about the photographer who was killed while following Bieber's Ferarri on New Year’s Day.
“When I heard that the paparazzi died in L.A. I called him [Scooter] and I told him to also tell Justin that maybe this is not a good start of the year, but the rest is going to be better.
“So I’m more in contact with Scooter than with Bieber.”
With the young crooner single again after reportedly making-up -- and breaking-up -- for a second time with Gomez, we'll have to wait and see who his next lucky lady will be.
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