Once upon a time, Fred Durst claimed he hooked up with God’s Greatest Creation Britney Spears. However, Ms. Spears never confirmed the rendezvous, so we won’t know for sure if it actually happened. (Though if you believe this retro tabloid cover, all signs point to yes.)
But Fred and Britney aren’t the only artists who have been linked together. Whether these seven flings are real or not, there’s no denying one hard fact: They’re crazy AF.
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In 2003, BritBrit hired Fred to craft some songs for her upcoming album, and their relationship quickly turned physical—well, according to Fred. Britney denied the affair on MTV’s Total Request Live later that year, but Fred remains adamant to this day there was a fling. “It just became a fiasco of madness,” he told MTV News in 2009. “[But] I always stay true to my heart and true to everything I did and my intentions, and I am in no way a liar.”
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The glam rock icon and The Rolling Stones front-man were infatuated with each other in the ’70s. However, per a salacious tell-all by Christopher Andersen, their relationship was also—erm—intimate. The book claims David’s wife Angie walked in on Mick and David naked in bed. Wowza.
Nicole Scherzinger and Ed Sheeran
After it was reported Nicole and Ed were spending “low-key nights” in “quiet pubs,” the romance speculation took on a life of its own. Nicole’s camp has since silenced the chatter, but that hasn’t stopped the bees from buzzing. A new article popped up over the weekend saying Nic and Ed are in the “early stages” of dating. WHAT IS THE TRUTH?!
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The late, great R&B singer was paired with Beyoncé’s hubby before her tragic death in 2001. However, she always denied the relationship. (Fun fact: Ginuwine and Aaliyah were another rumored couple.)
Ariana Grande and Niall Horan
These two ~CrAzY* kids spent a lot of time with each other earlier this summer, leading peeps to think there was more going on. But Ari was quick to check those out-of-line assumptions. “A girl can be friends with someone with a d**k and not hop on it,” she told the Sun in June, via HollywoodLife.com.
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Ed opened up for Taylor during her Red Tour, which of course ignited macking rumors. But Ed slammed the gossip in June 2014. These two are adorable friends, though!