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Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx dating? Stop us if this rumor sounds familiar

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes know each other. That's true. But the dating thing? Um ...

Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx are totally dating! They were totally photographed holding hands! It's totally a new couple alert!

Or, wait -- it's totally none of the above.

We've been through this before, of course. And now Us Weekly has a cover story all about Holmes, 36, and her "secret love" -- allegedly Foxx, 47 -- and that, along with a story People says is in its upcoming issue, is fueling the Jamie-and-Katie rumor machine yet again.

People's online story is framed differently than Us has cast its cover piece: The former serves as a confirmation that the two have some sort of relationship -- as in, one in which they've spent time with one another as friends, which is not exactly news -- while also shooting holes in the notion that the two are romantically involved.

"This is not some intense romance," a source told the magazine. "Jamie and Katie are friends and have been for a long time."

Other sources reportedly told People that they don't expect Holmes and Foxx to "take it to the next level."

Wait, isn't lots of next-level action implied by that Us cover, which declares, "Sleepovers at his house, he calls her 'my girl' -- how Katie's fling with Jamie Foxx turned serious"? Oh yeah, that cover also alleges that Patrick Schwarzenegger "betrayed" Miley Cyrus over spring break. And that Duchess Catherine is having a baby. Wait -- the last one, that's a real thing.

But wait again, isn't there photographic evidence of Katie's "secret love" (notably not referred to as her "secret lover")?

Gossip Cop, which has been debunking the notion of a Holmes-Foxx coupling since 2013, put the grainy picture, published online Wednesday, in context: Seems it was taken at a read-through for an animated film, with other people present in the room, and was not a romantic gesture in the slightest.

Man, we could've told you that from their body language alone.

Even so, a source described as close to the situation dubbed the notion of the picture as proof of a romance "laughable," the website said.

Totally.

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