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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: Singer Says Spice Girl Affair for Real

LONDON -- British pop star J has hit back at accusations that his relationship with Spice Girl Mel C was a sham and insisted they were in love, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday.

The singer from boy band Five, whose real name is Jason Brown, said that they had been a couple for three months but were rarely seen together because of their busy schedules.

"Our relationship is not a PR stunt," he told Britain's biggest selling tabloid.

"People keep saying it's a scam because we were never photographed together. ? All I'm saying is we're a couple, and in the past I haven't really wanted to talk about it.

"When we're alone she's not Mel from the Spice Girls, she's just Melanie. I can tell you she stayed 'round my flat last night, and that wasn't a publicity stunt.

"I just want to set the record straight."