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Nicole Scherzinger wants to make something clear: She's not dating Chris Brown and never was.

After pictures surfaced of the X Factor judge getting a kiss on the cheek from Chris Brown this past September at a LA club
, Nicole, who's been dating Formula One racer, Lewis Hamilton, insists she and Brown are just friends.

In an interview with Britain's The Sun, Nicole says: "You are always going to have people saying something or having a picture. But it is complete garbage if you and your partner know what the truth is. Chris Brown and I are definitely just friends. I have known him since he was younger than 16. We were just talking. Even my mom said, 'I saw a picture of you.'"

Nicole also set out to clear up rumors that her and BF Lewis Hamilton were on the rocks after he reportedly hung with a group of girls at a hotel in England while Nicole was back in the U.S. "It's the same when Lewis had some random girls sitting in the lobby," she continued. "Can't girls just be sitting in the lobby? Maybe they were going to the same party."

Nicole explains that she and Lewis are committed to each other, no matter the rumors. "Every relationship has its things and you work it out," she shared. "We made it last for four years so far, so it definitely makes things interesting and challenging. I wouldn't wish a long-distance relationship on anyone, Lewis would say the same. But if it's worth it, you fight for it. We try to see each other as much as possible."

Chris Brown, still linked to Rihanna, has yet to comment.