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Demi Lovato, Ryan Phillippe not dating. Apparently. Sources say. Just sayin'.

July 19, 2011 |  4:27 pm

Demi Lovato and Ryan Phillippe

Let order be restored to the universe: It seems Demi Lovato and Ryan Phillippe are not dating, though there certainly have been a bunch of "sources" chatting about it.

Rumors swirled Monday that the 18-year-old Disney star and the 36-year-old actor had been dating for months, until she learned that Phillippe was about to be a father again.

"It was really hot and heavy for a while," E! News said of their alleged courtship, said to have ended when evidence suggested Phillippe is the father of Miley Cyrus pal Alexis Knapp's newborn baby. 

"They were just hooking up," Us Magazine chimed in the same day, adding, "it was nothing serious."

Tuesday, however, brought a denial of the entire May-December fling -- or perhaps in this case more April-September?

"This is not true. He's totally single," a source told People.

Someone has an active imagination -- or seriously cruel intention, especially given Lovato's personal struggles of late. What do you make of the Demi-Ryan dating debacle? Tell us in comments.  


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Photos: Demi Lovato and Ryan Phillippe. Credits: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times, left; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images, right.