James Maslow Is ‘Flattered’ by All the Peta Murgatroyd Dating Buzz

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd

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updated 03/18/2014 AT 3:00 AM ET

originally published 03/18/2014 AT 12:05 PM ET

Another season of Dancing with the Stars, another set of dating rumors to set straight.

Season 18’s token are-they-or-aren’t-they duo are Peta Murgatroyd, 27, and James Maslow, 23, who admitted in a package during Monday’s premiere that they did go on a date before they were ever partnered, but it never flourished into anything.

There’s nothing more to it than that – at least right now – the pair insists, calling all of the buzz about it “funny.”

Following their 21-point foxtrot, Maslow told PEOPLE backstage, “We’ll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times, and yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they’ll get [answers they want] because we’re just bored and we want to go.”

But the Big Time Rush band member can think of worse people to be romantically linked to than his sexy ballroom bestie.

“It’s fun, it’s all good and I’m flattered because she’s beautiful and it’s not such a bad thing,” he said. “But really, we’re just here just to dance.”


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