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  Pop Idol pair deny romance
Updated 25 January 2002, 09.17
Pop Idol finalists Gareth Gates and Zoe Birkett
Pop Idol favourites Gareth Gates and Zoe Birkett have made it clear to the public they are not dating.

Their closeness and support for each other has fuelled talk of possible romance between the two youngest finalists.

Love for music

But Zoe, 16, has told the Daily Express newspaper they are just close friends and that's all.

They text message each other all the time and leave notes for one another, but the only thing they're in love with at moment is music.

Zoe even helps Gareth, 17, with his stutter, holding his hand and helping him to relax and focus on what he's saying.

It's hard for Gareth, especially when he has to answer questions from the press.

But it sounds like Zoe's there to help him all the way and they hope they'll be friends for life.

Check out the link to the right of the story to find out what the final four Pop Idols had to say when CBBC Newsround Online went to meet them

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