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Vanessa Hudgens: 'Josh Hutcherson and I are just friends'

Vanessa Hudgens has dismissed rumors she's dating The Kids Are All Right star Josh Hutcherson, insisting the two are just "friends".

The actress met Hutcherson while shooting forthcoming film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island together and the pair sent gossip columns into a flurry earlier this year (11) after attending California's Coachella music festival together.

Hutcherson further fueled reports of a blossoming romance after opening up about his relationship status to the editors at Seventeen magazine, admitting he didn't know if dating was "the right word", but he adored Hudgens and they loved spending time together.

However, the High School Musical star has now spoken out to share her side of the story, telling the New York Post, "He's my friend. He's just my friend... I have a lot of friends. It doesn't mean you are dating them."

Hudgens split from longtime boyfriend Zac Efron in December (10).

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