Remember when Justin Bieber and Naomi Campbell held hands backstage at the veteran supermodel’s Fashion Relief show last week?
Somewhat inevitably, the ever-unreliable MediaTakeOut conjured up a “source” claiming the 20-year-old singer was dating the 44-year-old catwalk goddess and the rumor mill had a field day.
Shortly after, the watchdog website Gossip Cop debunked the nonsense over the personal attention Naomi gave Justin at the fashion show, which was held at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Valentine’s Day to benefit Ebola Relief.
Now, Naomi has shut down the romance rumors herself during an interview with Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host, Nick Grimshaw, on Thursday.
After insisting she thinks Justin is a “nice guy, but not my guy,” La Campbell also revealed she had asked the singer to walk the runway in her NYC fashion show but he declined.
Unfortunately, for Beliebers, who, no doubt would have loved that, it look like the Canadian singer really meant it when he told host Ellen DeGeneres during a recent appearance on her talk show that he felt “judged” and “nervous” about returning to the spotlight following his turbulent year-plus.
“He was going to walk and then he got nervous. I don’t know if he got nervous, he just felt like he wanted to watch, so I was happy for the support,” Naomi told Grimshaw.
The supermodel said of Justin and the hand holding fuss, that she was simply leading him to a stylist to try on an outfit.
She said, “”I was taking him to try some clothes on. I was taking him to the stylist, Patrick. They made a whole thing about it, which is not true.”
“They were trying to say life imitates art because my show ‘Empire,’ my guy is younger,” Naomi said. “And I’m like, ‘No, nice guy [Justin], but not my guy.'”
If the Biebs had strutted his stuff he would have joined other celebrity models, including Mary J Blige, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Shanina Shaik.
Despite approaching the 30th anniversary of her first modelling job later this year, Naomi confessed she still gets the jitters walking the runway.
“I always get nervous, it’s just the way. You never know what can happen on a live show,” she admitted.
Meanwhile, Naomi is back in her native Britain to host another Fashion Relief show for the Ebola Survival Fund. It is set to take place at London’s Somerset House venue today.
The legendary supermodel launched her Fashion Relief show in 2005 to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina, but has since gone on to use the organization for other worthy causes.
Mail Online reports Naomi has called on her famous friends to walk the catwalk at today’s show, and they will be wearing clothes donated from the world’s most prestigious fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Balmain, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen, Versace.Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy and Azzedine Alaia.
As for Justin, after a whirl of social dates in NYC, the singer has returned to Los Angeles and to work. He let fans know he hit up a recording studio on Wednesday night by posting a picture of himself playing a keyboard, captioned, “Focused I’m focused.”
On Twitter, he directed a tweet to longtime studio engineer Josh Gudwin, writing,
@justinbieber love seeing you writing and focused!!!
— Josh Gudwin (@YeshuaTheGudwin) February 18, 2015
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