Shawn Mendes Says He’s NOT Dating Hailey Baldwin, Despite Met Gala Outing

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A lot of celebrity couples made their red-carpet debut at past Met Galas, but — surprise! — Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin do not fall into that category.

Many people thought the 19-year-old singer and 21-year-old model were confirming their rumored relationship by walking the carpet together at this year’s fashion event, but that’s actually not the case at all.

“No, we were not making our big debut,” Shawn tells PEOPLE. “We were both asked to walk by Tommy Hilfiger.”

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He continues, “Obviously Hailey and I are friends, and it was just really cool for me to be able to walk with her because she’s a vet and it was my first year, so it kind of took the pressure off a little bit. I was thrilled to be able to go with her.”

This marks the second time the “In My Blood” crooner denied rumors that he’s dating Hailey in just about a month’s time. He was forced to say they’re just “really good friends” after he posted a picture with her on Instagram, causing people to freak the eff out.

“Hailey said she wished she could post the photo without the Internet exploding,” he explained. “Then I said, ‘You know what, I’m just gonna do it! Suddenly we were ‘confirmed.'”

See? If two people take a picture or hang out together it does not automatically mean they’re dating. What a concept!