Yazmin Oukhellou has denied that she is dating Stephen Bear after the pair were spotted embracing each other in the street.

Stephen, 30, was seen with him arms wrapped around the 25 year old The Only Way Is Essex star's neck and shoulders as she left work on Friday.

The pair were then seen heading out for a drink after Yazmin locked up her boutique in Brentwood.

Former Celebrity Big Brother winner Stephen — who is simply known by his surname Bear — was then seen supposedly planting a kiss on the brunette beauty's neck.

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But despite the obvious closeness between the pair, James Lock's ex-girlfriend has now taken to Instagram to clear up the dating reports.

She wrote to her 536,000 followers: "We're just friends. That's all. So sad a male and female can't be friends these days?"

A source close to Yazmin also cleared up the rumours, saying: "Yazmin has been so focused on her businesses she just doesn't have time for a boyfriend right now.

"They're just very good friends, but are not dating," the pal continued to tell The Sun Online.

Meanwhile, Bear has recently reunited with his ex-girlfriend Charlotte Crosby on a wild night out two years after their split.

Putting on a raucous display, the pair were seen on the dance floor after enjoying a meal at celebrity hotspot Sheesh in Chigwell, Essex.

The former Geordie Shore star, 29, was with best friend Sophie Kasaei as well as stars including Yazmin's ex James and Joey Essex.

Charlotte and Bear had a notoriously turbulent on-off relationship before they split.

The Just Tattoo Of Us stars broke up towards the end of 2017, however, Charlotte and Bear had struggled to make a clean break.

The star – who later moved on with Joshua Ritchie – wrote following their split: "Life is a crazy little thing, everything can just suddenly change. Situations change, people change, what you thought was forever suddenly falls apart.

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"I don’t want to forget about 2017 because there were some amazing memories made that I will cherish forever.

"But I am so looking forward to walking into 2018 with the biggest smile on my face ready for an amazing year the biggest one yet!"

Yazmin's ex-boyfriend and TOWIE co-star James is currently looking for love on E4's Celebs Go Dating, but admitted he hadn't told her he'd signed up to the show before filming.

He told The Sun: "I didn't tell her and she wasn't happy about it. She did get the a******e about it but she has come around and we are okay."

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