Haley Reinhart on Dating Rumor: Casey Abrams and I Played the Game

Sat, 21 May 2011 01:21:32 ET

Haley Reinhart on Dating Rumor: Casey Abrams and I Played the Game
A day after her elimination from 'American Idol', the 20-year-old singer sets the record straight on the true nature of her relationship with Casey.
Haley Reinhart has addressed speculations about her dating fellow "American Idol" reject Casey Abrams. On Friday, May 20, a day after getting eliminated from the singing competition, the 20-year-old was asked by reporters about the rumors. To which, she responded, "We had a lot of fun with it. We played the game. It was fun."

The singer from Wheeling, IL further said that the rumors didn't become a distraction for either one of them during the competition. "You know, not really, and we really didn't give into them at all," she explained. "We never said yes or no. That's probably the better thing to do. It's funny because we got so many questions about it, but either way, that's not going to hurt anybody."

Asked when the rumors started, she recalled, "It started a long time ago. I forget which week, but it's when we just started bonded a lot more and getting really close and really could just confide in each other. We had a different kind of connection from the rest, and so we'd sit by each other and all that jazz."

"So, I'm pretty sure that's when it all started, and we laughed about it. I mean, obviously, we have a really, really strong relationship," she continued sharing her thought on the matter. "We're not dating, but just the musicality between us and everything else has just been wonderful."

Speaking of her elimination, Haley claimed she was not angry at all. "Of course everybody gets surprised when they hear the verdict, but all in all, I accepted it very quickly and took it all in - took it all with a grain of salt," she added. "I said, 'Hey! Everything happens for a reason,' and this is a good thing. This happened for a reason and it only means that I'm going to start my career as a solo artist even sooner."

As for why the judges seemed to pick on her, she noted the positive, "The only thing that I can try to get out of that is that they really just want to try to push my buttons - push me as far as I can possibly go to get whatever they wanted to get out of me. It was, most of the time, fire that they wanted to get out of me - to get all aggravated and then try to take it out on the stage."

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