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Love and Coogan deny baby claim
Steve Coogan
Coogan is set to appear in a film remake of TV show The Persuaders
Reports that US singer Courtney Love is pregnant with Steve Coogan's child have been dismissed by both stars.

In a statement, rock star Love denied reports in The News of the World that she was pregnant by the UK comedian, or that they had a relationship.

"She confirms that she and Steve are good friends and have met a few times in Los Angeles," it added.

A spokeswoman for Coogan had earlier told the BBC: "It's nonsense". She declined to comment further.

The denials follow reports in The News of the World on Sunday which quoted 41-year-old Love as saying she was "pregnant with Steve's baby".

But The Sun has since contradicted the story, reporting that Around the World in 80 Days actor Coogan was "astonished" by the "ridiculous" claim.

Reports published earlier this month claimed Coogan - best known for his role as spoof DJ Alan Partridge - had had an affair with Love - the widow of Kurt Cobain.

Courtney Love
Love was ordered into rehab on Friday by a judge

These stories were subsequently dismissed by his spokesman, who said they were "just good friends".

On Friday Love was ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation clinic by a Los Angeles judge, who said he would consider sending her to jail for violating her parole terms.

Love - who has a 13-year-old daughter by Cobain named Frances Bean - is now expected to spend a month at a residential treatment centre.

In July, Coogan's wife Caroline Hickman was granted a divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

She had married the 39-year-old comedian in December 2002.



SEE ALSO:
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28 Jul 05 |  Entertainment
Love's rehab 'progressing well'
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