Ashton says he and Gemma are just pals

Harry Styles‘ pal Ashton Irwin has denied that he’s hooking up with the 1D star’s older sister Gemma.

Ashton, 19, and his band 5 Seconds Of Summer supported One Direction on tour last year and he’s rumoured to have become close to Gemma, 23, when she visited her 20-year-old sibling.

But the hot Australian insists that he and the pretty university graduate are ‘just mates’.

‘We do hang out. Gemma‘s been on tour with 1D so she really does get it. She’s cool to hang around with,’ Ashton tells the Daily Mirror.

His bandmate Luke Hemmings adds: ‘Gemma‘s a friend of the band, she’s friends with all of us.’

Despite Ashton rubbishing rumours that he and Gemma are an item, some Directioners are very keen for them to get together.

5 Seconds Of Summer are set to support 1D‘s Where We Are tour throughout their dates in Europe and North America this summer and fans hope Gemma will join them.

One Tweeted: ‘I wonder what Harry feels to see Ashton and Gemma when he knows what happens while being on tour…. Like….. What?’

Another wrote: ‘If gemma & ashton are dating i cant possibly be more happy about it .’

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Anna Duff