Exclusive: Wretch 32 denies dating Lauren Pope

Wretch 32 has been linked with a fair few famous people of late - including none other than Cheryl Cole and Lauren Pope.

Wretch 32 dating Lauren PopeWretch 32 has denied dating Lauren Pope. Copyright [Wenn]

But the rapper set the record straight today when he exclusively told us that reports of a romance with the TOWIE star were a load of rubbish.

Speaking at the BBC 1Xtra's 10th Birthday celebrations earlier he said: "Me and Lauren, we're cool, we're just mates. She's a cool girl."

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Asked if he gets bothered by the whisperings of the gossip rumour mill he said: "Because there isn't any truth in anything it doesn't really bother me. If it was true then maybe it would bother me."

We chatted to Wretch 32 back at Isle Of Wight festival and he told us the celebrity he'd most like to roll around in the mud with was Cheryl, so we couldn't help but bring up the Girls Aloud star again.

Wretch 32 told us he reckons Cheryl Cole is really cool. Copyright [Wenn]

The pair collaborate on her new single 'Screw You' and we asked him what his thoughts are on shooting a video with the Geordie brunette.

He told us: "Who wouldn't want to stand next to Cheryl? She's cool, we did a TV performance [of 'Screw You'] and she was really cool man, she made me feel really comfortable. She's always smiling and smells nice. She's very professional."

And by the sounds of things he's struggling slightly with the whole limelight thing.

He said: "It's something that you've hot to get used to. The biggest thing for me that I've had to get used to is the whole roll model thing. All of a sudden you've got watch what you say, you've got to watch what club you're coming out of wasted."

Wretch 32 joined Professor Green to celebrate Radio 1Xtra's 10th Birthday today.

Wretch joined Professor Green and Jessie J to celebrate BBC Radio 1Xtra's 10th birthday celebrations at Maida Vale Studios.

The special day saw 10 artists performing live at the studios every hour from 10am.

omg! were down and were blown away by the live talent.

Jessie J also sung live at Maida Vale.